Back in those days we didn't have the home entertainment options that they have these days. Televisions were small and grainy and and their content was small-minded and grey. Computers were prehistoric and an iPad was something for covering sore eyes. So, when the local mill caught fire, people would flock outside to sample the free entertainment. The kids would gather around the fire to keep warm and even Auntie Doris was pushed outside so she wouldn't miss all the fun.