Past Simple versus Past Continuous 7

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Miserable Mike always had bad luck. This is what happened to him yesterday.
Complete the story about Miserable Mike with the correct tense of the verbs between brackets. Choose between the Past Simple and the Past Continuous.

The first dangers lurked in the bathroom.
While Mike (to have) a bath, the geyser (to explode), and a few minutes later he (to cut) his chine, while he (to shave).

The living-room wasn’t safe either. Mike (to have) breakfast, when his wife (to pour) hot coffee over his trousers.

On his way to the office, disaster struck again. A falling brick (to hit) Mike’s head while he (to walk) under a ladder on the pavement. Mike felt slightly dizzy, and (not / to pay) attention to the traffic. While he (to cross) the street, a car (to run) over him.

Mike has his office on the second floor, and while he (to climb) the stairs, he (to stumble) and (to fall down). Bad luck again. There was more to come.

While Mike (to write) a report, his computer (to explode) and all the work he had done was lost. It took him several hours to repair the damage. Mike was so exhausted that he fell asleep in his chair. And then his boss came in ...