Toronto Fire

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Queen Street fire
Queen Street fire, courtesy drpitch

There is a 6-alarm fire on the south side of Queen Street, east of Bathurst.
Lots of coverage, with crap from mainstream news sources:

www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2008/02/20/toronto-fire.html
www.citynews.ca/news/news_19772.aspx
680news.com/news/topstory/article.jsp?content=20080220_054636_4388

Excellent stuff from local Toronto blogs:

torontoist.com/2008/02/massive_fire_hi.php
torontoist.com/2008/02/phototo_queen_s.php
www.blogto.com/city/2008/02/6alarm_fire_at_queen_bathurst
blog.davemadethat.com/2008/02/20/a-piece-of-my-history-is-destroyed

Spooky Google Ad words on these sites include:

Fire Fighter Training
3 month NFPA Accredited
Program Emergency
Services Academy Ltd.
www.esacanada.com

I’m trying to elucidate exactly what it is that makes the blogs better than the news sites.
I think it’s mostly presentation and the much larger, clearer photos.
Also the language is more down-to-earth and less “newsy”.

Also the use of:

  1. updates with new info
  2. community photos from Flickr
  3. community comments on the article page

really make a huge difference.
Also the use of actually useful links like the Toronto Fire Services’
Active Incidents page
stands out.

the Net.

About rae

I'm a long-time Mac and iOS developer. I'm also a big fan of Ruby on Rails and relational databases. I tend to work remotely, in my basement with occasional trips to the office. I'm also a big videophile, both TV and film, and can't wait for a good, inexpensive home 4k solution.

1 Comment “Toronto Fire

  1. Dave Delaney

    Thanks a million for the link love to my blog. I simply think it is the personality of bloggers who can make news stories more compelling. I don’t blog about everything that happens in Toronto, far from it, especially since I now live in Nashville, TN.

    However, if I do blog about Toronto it’s going to be about something that is important to me. Suspect Video and Queen & Bathurst in general are two things that are just that.

    Cheers.
    Dave

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