By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Debbie Brown has had many unexpected visitors at her residence due to the fact her address is almost identical to an apartment complex in town. Being woken up at dawn to the sound of fire truck engines as flashing lights swirled and the doorbell rang was a first.
© Adam Brazeau
Cornwall resident Debbie Brown woke up to the sounds and lights of a fire truck and three firefighters at her door early this morning, due to a constant mix-up of her address.
At 5:30 a.m., the local school bus driver was forced to rise and shine. Being woken up by firefighters would be a blessing in uniform for some. Not for Brown.
“I woke up because I heard trucks idling. There was a knock on my door and I saw a fireman standing there,” said Brown. “I was kind of angry. I don’t have many days left to sleep in until I drive bus on Tuesday.”
The firefighter asked if she had called for smoke inside her home. She let them know it must be a misunderstanding and that the extreme similarity she shares with another local address is probably the reason.
Brown lives on an extension of Carleton St. and the apartment complex is on First St. East. Its name, Carleton Place Apartments. Both share the same address number.
“It’s not the first time. I’ve had people show up for taxis and pizza deliveries,” said Brown. “There is an apartment building that people get confused over and end up at my house.”
A sense of relief passed over her when the initial shock of the situation faded and she could confirm her and her family had no reason to panic.
“I was relieved, obviously, it could’ve been a gas leak,” said Brown. “They were very apologetic and left as soon as their dispatch confirmed the proper address.”
The constant confusion over the address is a growing concern for her. She said the firefighters were “very nice” and “it wasn’t their fault.”
“People should be careful and say their address correctly,” she said. “What if it was a life of death or situation?”
Brown later admitted that it wasn't the worst wake-up call she ever had.
“Times like that, I wish I was 30 years younger,” she said.
Cornwall fire department were unavailable for comment.