Some years ago, the top floor of the house (a restaurant) next to us caught fire. We live in a late 18th century terrace, so you can imagine the fear of it spreading. Anyway, we left our flat at 4am on a bitterly cold night, and were joined by a group of people who'd been evacuated from neighbouring properties. We were all terrified, because the flames were rising high in the sky. There's a fairly 'high end' hotel in our street, and we went there to ask for shelter and a cup of tea. Nothing doing! The other hotel close by also refused to help. You can probably tell that this has rankled. My question is this: What ridiculous can't do fear led these hotels to treat their neighbours so badly? What were they afraid of?