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Van fire forces OFS Public Info Officer into action at own home

Danielle Cardinal called the fire department, and made sure to properly use her extinguisher to douse the flames.
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Ottawa Fire Public Information Officer Danielle Cardinal, September 8, 2017. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

Ottawa Fire Services' Public Information Officer had to practice what she preaches.

A van from a carpet cleaning service caught fire in Danielle Cardinal's driveway Wednesday morning.

She called the fire service, grabbed a fire extinguisher and stayed a safe distance away from the flames while using the device.

Cardinal said she used the "pass" method with the extinguisher; pulling the pin that locks the hand lever; aiming the hose nozzle at the base of the fire; squeezing the lever slowly to release the extinguisher chemicals;  and sweeping the nozzle from side to side.

The PIO tweeted that fire crews arrived to check the vehicle for any fire spread.

No one was injured in the incident.


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