Sweet gesture helped firefighters tackle weekend blaze
By Charlotte Helston
May 14, 2014 - 8:49 AM
LUMBY - A long night of firefighting became a little easier through the generosity of a Lumby restauranteur.
Around a dozen members of the Lumby volunteer fire department were called to Shuswap Avenue around 10 p.m. Sunday to battle a fire in a machine shop.
It was well after most shops closed, and the firefighters had a late night ahead of them. It only took 45 minutes to contain the fire and knock it down, but it would be hours of work before they could safely leave the scene.
Then came the smell of freshly baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, blueberry muffins and coffee. Tina Matchett saw the fire as she was leaving her business, Sisters Restaurant, and reported it. Then she baked some treats and put on some coffee.
“It made a whole lot of difference to the guys to get coffee and goodies,” fire chief Tony Clayton says.
Crews worked until 2 a.m., no doubt fueled by Matchett’s offering. Ironically, the fire appeared to have started in the lunch room. It, and the parts room, suffered heat and smoke damage.
It wasn’t the first time Matchett used her culinary skills to show she appreciates the department.
“They’re called out late and nothing is open. Some coffee will keep them warm and muffins will keep them going,” she says.
Clayton says it’s just one example of the support they get from the Lumby community.
“Any time we have any kind of situation, the businesses are here to help in some shape or form,” Clayton says.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and Clayton expects the business owner will be able to resume normal operations soon.
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