A timely delivery
August 23, 2011
Good deeds happen frequently I’m sure of it but unfortunately they seldom get reported. I’d like to correct that with this letter…
While sitting off last night at home after a nice BBQ meal, chin wagging with my wife, son and my older brother and sister-in-law, we witnessed fire embers rising up into the sky not very far from us. The first thought was that someone was having a small bonfire and roasting marsh-mellows but when the embers rose higher and the flame from the fire became visible to us at around 40 feet above ground level, we all realised something was not quite right …
Dashing towards the source of the flames, we discovered bushes and trees afire beside the road and on the edge of our neighbour’s property. The fire was raging fiercely and the winds were fuelling it onto other trees and brush nearby … For once I wasn’t upset at my son forever on his phone as he quickly dialled 911 to report the fire. My brother approached another neighbour’s house to warn them of the fire and also to retrieve, if possible, a garden hose so we could begin to fight the flames. I dashed to the neighbour, on whose property the fire was raging, to see if they were home. They were indeed but without electricity as the fire had torched a transformer, so there was no water to be had from them…
As I returned to the street to assist my brother, who had found a garden hose, a water truck approached. “Lightnin Water”, as the company is called, was making a night time delivery to a client in the area and as I waved the driver down, he immediately responded and knew what had to be done. He quickly brought his truck into position, connected his hoses and fired up the pump. My brother and the shuttle driver from the Tuckers Point Beach Club, who had stopped to also assist, handled the hoses like marksmen, bringing the fire quickly under control before it could spread. After the water truck had emptied its load and its hoses were gathered, the Bermuda Fire Services vehicle arrived no doubt relieved that the fire was largely contained.
What could have been a tragedy had those flames raged on longer and reached the nearby homes was averted within 20 minutes as everyone worked together to extinguish the fire… Special thanks go to the neighbours who provided their garden hose and water, to the Tuckers Point staff and my family members who assisted, and lastly to Mr. Irving Outerbridge of “Lightnin Water” who offered up his truck load of water. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
ALLAN D MARSHALL JP