It's been one of those nights I couldn't sleep. Suddenly, just after 3:30 a.m., a fire call came to 911, so I went to cover it. Little did I know that it will be one of the biggest structure fires I photographed to date, leaving an apartment building destroyed.
When I arrived, the place was turning into mayhem.
Amazingly, no one got injured, but the property damage was substantial. Among evacuated residents, conversations such as: "How do I even get my driver's license back as they need two proofs of identity?" "I just took my pants. My phone, my wallet, everything's gone," were present everywhere.
However, the community responded, and surrounding people united to help each other. I helped a little when the Salvation Army arrived later.
Once the situation calmed down, it was interesting to observe how individuals divided their views on the problem. One group said things like, "Can you believe that someone smoked inside and almost blew that whole thing? People are just stupid!" While others mentioned: "Disasters like this kinda open people's eyes and they get this need of helping each other."
What a morning..