Sunday, November 06, 2005

A Good Swim and My Neighbor's Shed on Fire

Today started out as a nice quiet Sunday, after attending church I went to the swimming pool and swam about 600 meters. I got home about 1 p.m., my wife was fixing lunch so I sat and read the paper. About 1:30 p.m. we heard the fire whistle from the fire department down the street and around the corner from us. As the trucks pulled out the station my wife made the remark that they sounded like they were headed our way.

So I look out the front door the truck stops at the hydrant on the corner in front of our house, I run to the back door and into the small yard in back of our house. I notice right away that there is smoke billing out of the windows from my neighbors shed across the street, so run back inside and grab my camera. I snapped the top picture as the firemen were setting up their hoses. The shed is between the two houses in the top picture, almost entirely covered by smoke the lower picture is from the other side of the house. To give you an idea of how much smoke was present – it was a very bright sunny day with blue skies – this is pretty much blocked by the smoke.

Anyway the fire department was quick to get the fire under control and there doesn’t seem to be too much damage - at least visible from outside. A fireman told me that no one was hurt. The police saw me snapping pictures so took my name and telephone number and asked me to put the pictures on a CD-ROM in case the fire inspector needs to look at them.

The fire department waited around until about 3:30 p.m. until the chief declared that any danger of a new fire was past, so now the neighbourhood is quite except for the occasional “curious tourist” checking out where the fire was.

So my wife is taking a nap on the couch and I have one eye on the New York Marathon which is on the Euro-Sport channel today. I wonder how Jank (Bill) is doing right now?

Tomorrow it's back to work and back to marathon training!

yikes good thing no one was hurt. i'm supposed to start my half training pretty soon too. i'm kind of worried about it! heh.
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