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Just before the start of another communication session, Volkov noticed a smell of smoke from somewhere at the rear of the station. As soon as communication with the ground was established, he reported: “Aboard the station is ‘the curtain’!”
It was a pretty bizarre event, wasn’t it? Practically a script for how-not-to-handle-an-emergency. Like you, I’d be very curious to know how the crew and ground were trained to handle a fire.
“There is a fire on board” could be “I think I see smoke” or it could be “I made it to the Soyuz but I think the others are dead” or anything in between. I’m not sure how much help the ground could realistically be. And then botching the code word on top of it…