When: July 2nd
Where: A residential building downtown, mid-morning
Invited: All and Sundry
It was going to be a hot day.
The meager inhabitants of Haven, Illinois were going about their daily duties, or just trying to get things done before the heat swept down on them. Some were relaxing, glad they didn't have anything to do, and reflecting on all the changes that had happened to them.
In the quiet morning, a building began to smoke, slight bits of smoke and then more, as flame began to flicker in the windows. The smoke was unpleasant, but even more of a concern was the fact that the building had neighbors - other buildings that could also catch on fire.
Marie stopped her bike as she saw the smoke. Knowing that she couldn't extinguish a fire that big, she raced for the cul-de-sac where several others lived. There were several people who could extinguish the fire and save the other buildings. That wasn't a problem. The problem was getting them fast enough and figuring out what caused the fire (she hoped it wasn't her), and finding out what had caused it. People who could extinguish fires or not, they needed to know what happened so that they wouldn't have to worry about it. "Fire!" she yelled.