So I'm sitting at the computer, minding my own business and I hear a siren. This isn't very out of the ordinary, as we live about 30 yards from Dale Street, which is an emergency route. However...this time, the siren seemed unusually loud, so I decided to get up and see what the deal was. Well what I saw were three fire trucks driving down the alley, right next to my house! I looked outside and saw a large plume of dark smoke. Headed outside to see that the garage of one of the rental houses in the alley was burning. You can see pictures here.

The car in one of the pictures is an older model Mercedes and the SPFD pulled it out of the garage.

Bummer.