Crowds gather and fire brigades compete in a crowded New York City neighborhood. This is an accurate representation of how fire brigades operated in New York City at the time due to there not being a legally recognized fire department.
Smoke emits from the kitchen in Hooper's Store, and Alan and Maria take the proper fire safety precautions: Alan tries to set it out with the fire extinguisher, and Maria calls the fire department. When they arrive, the firefighters explain what both kids and adults should do when there is a fire. One of the firefighters, Bill, explains to Elmo the function of each piece of equipment that he wears to alleviate Elmo's fear of firefighters.
Wayne practices his firefighting skills by creating a fire in a remote cabin and using a life-size doll as the individual in need of rescue. In the middle of his practice, he notices a bright object quickly approaching Earth. He runs away as the meteor crashes into the ground near him, which destroys his car from its large impact.