A scream! I rushed up the alley towards the yellow light oozing through the mist, pulling my greatcoat around me. As I neared, a man stumbled into me, clutching at a bloody wound in his stomach.
He clenched my collar in his hand and wheezed, "It's going up... in... flames!"
As he fell to the ground, he pressed a piece of paper into my hand.
I grabbed him, lowering him gently, and shouted for help. But he was already dead. What message was he carrying?
Decode the hidden message
Text is just for flavor. Message is in the image. There's three components that need explanation.
Draw a pencil mark around the groupings of the squiggles and look at it from different angles.
It's funny how hard it is to judge how hard a puzzle will be.
As has been pointed out, there's an SOS grouping in morse. But the use of morse is, itself, a hint...
There's more than one morse message in the image.