A young Wellington boy was quick to react when he saw smoke coming from a local cafe. Hirini Whakamoe was at home watching the TV show ‘Fireman Sam’, when he started to notice smoke coming from Wellington cafe, Beach Babylon. Quick as a flash, he raced over to the phone and said to his grandmother that he needed to ‘call Fireman Sam’.
The boy was at his grandmother Christine Kershaw’s house on Wellington waterfront when they noticed the large amount smoke coming from Oriental Parade. ”He was watching Fireman Sam at the time and raced over and grabbed the phone and said that he had to ring Fireman Sam now.” The budding fireman then put on his fireman hat and went with Kershaw to find out what was happening. He was quite over-awed to find about 10 fire trucks outside Beach Babylon, with crews battling a kitchen fire in the popular eatery.
He went very shy when he got the chance to meet senior station officer John Mansford, but did get some stickers for his hat, she said. “He was in seventh heaven really. He’s not going to take that hat off anytime soon.”