Last night around 2am my wife and I heard some sounds like distant thunder, which we thought was strange. We went back to sleep and did not think about it until we got up. I then checked email and saw a message from the Gungahlin Community council telling what had happened.There was a fire that started in a Dacre Street factory in Mitchell, ACT. The fire has forced the closure of all schools on the northside of Canberra. Looking out a window in the house we could see a dark plume of smoke coming from the fire. Here is a photo of that view. You can read more about the Mitchell fire. As I deal with a few businesses in that area I was a bit worried about how those guys would be. Must contact them and see if they will be affected. No visits to their tile showroom and Canberra kitchen showroom today I would say.