Inside the Inferno

Inside the Inferno

A Firefighter's Story of the Brotherhood That Saved Fort McMurray

Book - 2017 | Simon & Schuster Canada edition April 2017.
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"On May 1, one of the worst natural disasters in Canada's history struck Fort McMurray. What began as a small, remote forest quickly became a nightmare for the 90,000 residents of the city. A perfect combination of weather, geography, and circumstance had created a wildfire that was more dangerous than anyone could have imagined. As winds drove the flames towards Fort McMurray, the entire city population was ordered to evacuate. When the fire leapt across the river and started to devour everything in its path, the only people left to face it were the firefighters and support crew tasked with protecting the city. Born and raised in Fort McMurray, Damian Asher was a fifteen year veteran of the city's fire department. When the order went out for all firefighters to report for duty, Damian stopped work on his family's house-which he was building by hand-sent his wife and children out of town, and answered the call. For thirteen straight days, Damian and his crew were on the frontlines of the fire, battling the blaze wherever it encroached upon the city. As homes burned and embers rained down around them, Damian and the rest of the Brotherhood barely slept, rushing from hotspot to hotspot as they struggled to contain the fire. Aid poured in from around the world and the country watched in hope and fear, wondering what was happening on the streets of Fort McMurray. Finally, after weeks of fighting a wildfire that appeared insatiable, the Brotherhood managed to regain control of the city. But the fire had more than left its mark - billions of dollars of damage, exhausted emergency workers, and a scattered citizenry were left in its wake. When Damian's family returned to their home, they found that it and all of their possessions had been burned to the ground. It seemed as though things would never be the same. And yet, as the smoke dissipated and the city reunited, there was hope that life would resume in Fort McMurray."--
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Simon & Schuster Canada, 2017.
Edition: Simon & Schuster Canada edition April 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501171123
Branch Call Number: 363.37909712 ASHER
Characteristics: viii, 216 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mouallem, Omar 1985-- Author


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Jun 13, 2017

I watched the coverage online about the wildfire that stole peoples' lives last year and it was an interesting read from the perspective of a fire fighter who lost his own home and helped save as many homes as possible. It kept my interest until the very last page.

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