It was about 2 AM when the fire alarm when off in my hotel room. I have never heard an alarm so loud in my life; all I wanted to do was get out of the room but it was so disorienting that I could barely throw some pants and a shirt on. My instincts told me this was a false alarm as I trudged down 5 flights of stairs to the bottom level. I was behind an elderly couple so it was slow going as we navigated our way out.
This particular stairwell brought us out on the side of the building and I noticed it was dimly lit. This was a nice ocean front resort hotel and the lighting in my opinion should have been brighter. About the time I noticed that, the elderly lady in front of me tripped and fell right on her face on the sidewalk. She was about 5 yards in front of me and I was first to her side; she had fallen behind her family. Fortunately a quick responding fire department rolled up right then and I ran over to get their help. They got her up and into the paramedic truck.