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Friday, February 22, 2008

The Muteness of Sirens

Some may think my title of this blog makes no sense at all.... And you're right.

Today I decided to check out the newspaper online... http://www.edmontonjournal.com/ only to find this as their main subject:

"West-end seniors complex on fire
Trish Audette, edmontonjournal.comPublished: 1:10 pm

EDMONTON - A fire at a west-end apartment complex has forced the evacuation of about 65 seniors.

Flames shot about a storey high off the roof of Britannnia Gardens at 10142 157th Street this morning. No serious injuries have been reported, although paramedics have attended to one person. The residents were evacuated to transit buses at the scene. The fire remains out of control.

Roofers had been working at the building, and the fire is thought to have spread into the attic. Firefighters were first called at 10:15 a.m. When they arrived, they called for backup.

Apartments on the north side of the building have sustained serious damage.

"I don't think we'll be in there for a couple of months," said Tony Revet, whose suite is on the north side. Revet, 66, and his wife moved into the building in July.

Most of the residents are middle- to low-income seniors. Some are disabled.

Katie Romolock, 69, left all her medication behind in her suite on the south side of the building.

"The problem is you never know how bad it's going to be once it starts spreading," she said.

Huh, go figure. So I start thinking about the address.... All of a sudden I find myslef walking to our front window, opening the curtains and.. "Oh, well would ya look at that!"

Fire trucks are parked along the side of Brado's (theatre people will know what I'm talking about here) and they're still hosing the place down!

Here's where the title comes in.... The girls and I were upstairs by 10am today (our rooms are downstairs).... We've had breakfast, watched some kid shows (gotta watch Sesame Street at 11am!), played and watched some of Hurcules (the kid movie).... I've done a bunch of calling around and bookings for my Bride's and even some research... Oh! And spoke to Tyler on his lunch break! Now the girls are playing downstairs while I finish up my work...

All the while the apartment building across the bus station from us is up in flames and now being put out!

And just to give you an idea of just how close this thing is I've taken a photo (sorry, it's from my cell so it's not the best quality but I'm sure you'll get the idea):
The purple building behind the brown one on the right of this photo is Brado's... Can you see the red of the Fire Trucks parked to the left of Brados? Slightly to the left of the trucks and up in the air is a white block... That would be part of the building that burned I believe... The fire department is in the air hosing down the building just to the left of that while others are walking on the roof with smoke coming out from under them (you can kind of see their ladder in the air)... Just in case you're lost, there's the white buildings on the left of this photo and the brown one behind them is the one on fire.

So... Back to the title of this blog... Is it a bad thing that we're so used to the sound of Police, Ambulence and Fire Truck sirens??? I mean really! This cannot be a good thing!

I'm looking forward to being in our quiet neighborhood soon.... Only a few months away!

1 comment:

Jesslikesstuff said...

Crazy...so close to your house!