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As others gathered to watch the HWP building burn, Lionel Cann a member of the Salvation Army’s Emergency Response Team, rushed to help.

Mr Cann circled the cordoned off area, giving police officers on duty water and masks to help them breathe more easily as thick smoke billowed from the burning premises.

“They were very pleased with the water and the masks,” he said. “I think they were surprised that someone would think of providing them with masks. The smell was really strong.

“I went all around the area. I went as close as I could without putting myself at risk.”

He said that while he was the only member of the Salvation Army on the scene, others were getting ready in case the situation worsened.

“If it had escalated to the point where we would have needed to provide meals, we would have brought in more people. We were actually preparing for that.

“It’s part of our training. I’m with the emergency response team who come out when there is an emergency like a hurricane. We’ve also helped out in situations like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.”

After fire fighters had the blaze under control, the Salvation Army continued to work, giving dinner to around 60 firefighters, including five who were still working on the scene.

Along with providing meals and water, Mr Cann said the Salvation Army was also looking into the possibility of helping anyone who might be forced to evacuate, but he hadn’t heard of anyone being evacuated.

“That was one of the areas we thought we would be able to help,” he said. “I went to my parents, who live on Serpentine Road, to see if they needed to be moved, but everything was fine.”

A police officer with a face mask stands gaurd on Serpentine Road during the HWP Garage fire Monday afternoon ( Photo by Glenn Tucker )
Two police detectives walk along Serpetine Road back to St Johns Road during the HWP Garage fire Monday afternoon ( Photo by Glenn Tucker )

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Published August 09, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 09, 2011 at 9:22 am)

Face masks and water delivered as Salvation Army swings into action

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