Learning English with Reading – Fire on Maple Street 01

Idiom of the Day

Back to where one started, with no progress having been made

(De volta à estaca zero!)

Evitando as brasileiradas:

“Não estou entendendo!”: “I can’t understand!”

I simply can’t understand these results!!!!


Fire on Maple Street – Chapter One

Answer the questions to test your comprehension

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Chapter One

Please watch the video and answer the multi-choice questions before reading

The fire fighters of Firehouse 22 heard a fire alarm around 10 P.M. They quickly put on their boots, hats and coats, as the truck engines roared.

The fire was at 142 Maple Street. The trucks raced to the fire with their sirens sounding and their lights flashing. Cars pulled over to the sides of the streets and stopped to let the fire trucks pass.

As the trucks turned onto Main Avenue, Captain Donovan and Ricardo Lopez could see a red light in the night sky and a thin tower of flame above the trees.

Ricardo has two children, Carmen and Juan. They were at home watching TV when they heard the fire alarm. They knew it was their father’s firehouse. They decided to go to the fire. They turned off the TV and told their mother they were going.

Mrs. Lopez also heard the siren. She also knew it was her husband’s firehouse. She also knew she would not sleep until it was over and her husband called to say everything was okay.

Carmen and Juan ran to Maple Street. They remembered their friend, Mr. Ozimer, who had an electronics store there and was very kind to them. They hoped it was not his store.

The firemen arrived at the address and were happy to see that it was an old building. Nobody lived in it. Suddenly they saw a man at the top of the building. He was standing on the roof and waving. The roof was too high for the ladder, so they put the net in place for him to jump. But the man was afraid to jump.

Ricardo Lopez decided to go up and get the man. He had to go in the back of the building because the fire wasn’t so bad there. Suddenly he saw his children. “What are you doing here? You should be home with your mother! You know how she feels when there is a fire!”

Juan started to speak, but his father said he would talk to him later, and went around to the back of the house.

Suddenly there was a terrible crash, and part of the front wall fell to the ground. When the smoke cleared away, the captain looked for the man on the roof, but he had disappeared.

“I hope Ric can get there in time. He only has a few minutes,” said Donovan.

Answer the questions:

  1. What did the firefighters hear?
  2. Where was the fire?
  3. What did they put on?
  4. What did the cars in the street do?
  5. What did the men see when they reached Main Street?
  6. Who were Carmen and Juan?
  7. What did they do when they heard the alarm?
  8. How did Mrs. Lopez feel when she heard an alarm?
  9. Why were the men happy when they arrived at 142 Maple Street?
  10. Who did they see on the roof?
  11. What was the man doing?
  12. Why didn’t they use the ladder?
  13. Why didn’t the man jump?
  14. What did Ricardo decide?
  15. Why did he go in the back?
  16. Was he happy to see his kids? Why or why not?
  17. What happened after he went into the building?


Arrange the events in the order they happened:

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Vocabulary in Context

 Drag the words that have been used in the text to complete the sentences:

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