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OJB is so, so kidding with this headline. What is life without fun?
Kudos to Lou Correa for his quick thinking and action — in honor of which, OJB will not twist that sentence into some sort of snarky indictment.
If you see this in a campaign ad, though:
Kudos to Lou Correa for his quick thinking and action — Orange Juice Blog
… then we will come after him like rabid banshees.
Here’s how the Register reported the meat of the story:
Correa, 58, said he was driving south on Broadway to a meeting when he noticed a flames coming from an apartment building.
“Out of the corner of my eye I saw fire erupt on the second story balcony,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “I said to myself, ‘I can’t believe it’s happening.’”
Correa made a U-turn, parked his car, grabbed a garden hose, started applying water to the balcony, and yelled for the occupants in a unit in front of the fire to get out.
“My only thought was, I better win this fight because the flames were reaching to the roof overhang,” he said. “One hand was holding the hose and the other was dialing 911. I just wanted to lend a helping hand.”
Within no more than 2-1/2 hours of the incident (judging from the first comment being at 1:08 p.m.), Correa was on the phone with the Public Relations Executive in charge of Illiberal OC, who gave a somewhat different version of events:
Correa was driving on North Broadway in the city and saw flames and smoke from a second story apartment window; he quickly did a U-turn, parked illegally (he says), grabbed a fire hose and ran into the building. He made his way into the apartment and told the grandmother and children to leave the premises immediate and dosed the flames with water. Once the fire was out, Correa called 911 and Captain Bryant from the OCFD is on the scene and officials are trying to reach family members to assist with the children (ages unknown).
OJB presumes that the Register correctly reported that Correa had grabbed a garden hose, rather than a fire hose, and that he completed dosing or dousing the fire (described as “almost out” by the time firefighters arrived) from the outside while phoning 911 and yelling into the building. We presume that he did not run into the building. making his way upstairs, and busting into the apartment with his fire and/or garden hose, and … attaching it to an interior hydrant? … and only then call 911? … but we were not there and can’t say which happened.
We admit that the story in the blog is far more dramatic, regardless of whether it is, ahhhmmmm … embellished a little. The Register’s version is heroism enough for our appetite. We also trust that Correa was not the one who initiated that later phone call in which something may or may not have been lost in the translation between English and Flackanese — because, otherwise, ewww.