Martin C. Barry
Although it may not have been a three-alarm blaze, a minor fire that broke out in a tree-bed in Place de la Gare on Hutchison Ave. last Sunday afternoon demonstrated the importance placed on civil responsibility by a longtime Park Ex resident who felt it was her duty to make an emergency services call.
While some careless residents of the Park Extension area are known to sometimes fling lit cigarette butts into flower beds strewn with wood shavings or trash cans where fires can start easily, it takes a mindful resident to call 9-1-1 for the fire department to come and deal with the situation.
“I think all of us have an obligation in our neighbourhood to make sure that it’s safe for our children and for ourselves,” said Sophia Saridakis, a lifelong Park Extension resident. “When anybody sees anything like this I think they should just react immediately.
“It turned out well now,” she added. “They took care of the situation and I’m pleased that it didn’t get out of hand and nobody got hurt.”