This afternoon my husband yelled “fire!” outside, call 911!. A fire raged in my neighbor’s backyard and was headed straight for our house with the winds and was burning fiercely dry brush and small pine trees. The fire was leaping around 12 feet in height and was moving so quickly, about the pace of a slow walk! While on 911 I had my kids out of our house and ran and moved our sprinkler between the fire and our house (which was about 30 feet away at its closest point my husband estimated). Not that it would have done any good! But within 2 minutes, IF THAT, the firetruck was in our front driveway and the men were in action, making everything look very controlled and easy. The fire was under control shortly and I wanted to comment about how extremely professional our Town of Chapel Hill firefighters were—how calm but serious and how well they were able to put the fire out. What a scare! Many neighbors came out to see what had happened, and to date no one is sure how it started. In time I hope to find out. But in an extremely stressful situation, the knowledge, expertise and skill of our firefighters was evident. After all was said and done, the firefighters offered to show the kids the firetruck and the special equipment they had and what they used, and had a little lesson on fire safety. These professionals demonstrated their commitment to the community rather than just getting their job done and leaving. They were so pleasant and friendly. It’s not every day that our homes are threatened by fire, and now that mine has been (not that I had any doubts about our fire dept) I feel very secure and comfortable knowing they are only a minute away. Thanks to our Fire Department.
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