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Posted by Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 17 July 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

While sometimes fires can be limited to small areas of a structure, wider collateral damage due to smoke, water, and burning embers is common. Utility shutoff (such as gas and electricity) is typically an early priority of arriving fire crews. Furthermore, fire prevention can take on a special meaning for property where hazardous materials are being used or stored.

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PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5****

17 Jul 2011 5:50am

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! You are most kind! ;-)

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Beautiful, as the building shows no letup until it burns and collapses to
the ground. Superb series.

17 Jul 2011 6:23am

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thank you very much Phil! ;-)

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Une série vraiment très impressionnante

17 Jul 2011 6:47am

@Marie LC: Merci beaucoup Marie! J'espère que votre dos se sent mieux! ;-)

k@ from Paris, France

Yes sure, not only the fire in itself but everything around that could cause more damages, do you know what cause this big fire in the garage of your neighbors ? A serie with so much interest, we could all live that, brrrrrr....

17 Jul 2011 9:07am

@k@: Thank you very much Karine! Apparently it seems that the origin was electrical and spread rapidly when it came into contact with flamable materials being stored in the garage! ;-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Looks like you documented the whole story, as each day passes we wait to see the eventual outcome.

17 Jul 2011 9:45am

@Curly: Thank you very much Curly! Yes, I have tried my best to give everyone a well documented view of the crisis that we experienced ont hat day. Both for it's human tragedy factor but also to explain and highlight some of the different and unique challenges faced by our firemen due to the fact that we live in a very cold northern climate.... ;-)

---------Photo-Spice---------- from Konstanz, Germany

I'm so sorry for the people that house belonged to, hope they got out without injuries.....


17 Jul 2011 9:54am

@---------Photo-Spice----------: Thank you very much Jespah and welcome to my blog! Yes, thankfully they managed to escape unharmed! Please come back and visit soon! ;-)

Mhelene from Paris, France

Very impressiv ; oter houses are also so near !!and a great serie !

17 Jul 2011 10:03am

@Mhelene: Merci beaucoup Mhelene! Je suis heureux que vous appréciez la série! ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Your good pictures, Eric, are usually accompanied by interesting explanations.
Have a nice day!

17 Jul 2011 10:21am

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Really an impressive report. I like to see the firemen job like in this series

17 Jul 2011 10:24am

@Calusarus: Merci beaucoup Fred! Oui, c'est un point de vue différent sur ​​les dangers auxquels ils sont confrontés sur une base quotidienne. Nous comprenons à un niveau de base ce qu'ils sont, mais j'espère que cette série montrera les dangers spécifiques que ces braves hommes et femmes confrontés en ce jour particulier, non seulement du feu lui-même mais aussi contre les éléments de la nature. Je suis heureux que vous appréciez la série! ;-)

janina from Melbourne, Australia

I wonder...would all that snow act as a buffer to stop the fire spreading? Great shot, as usual. ^_^

17 Jul 2011 10:46am

@janina: Thank you very much Janina! I would imaging that at some level it would act as a buffer; however with the intensity of the heat the snow basically vapourized as you can see in some of the pictures..... ;-)

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Great documentary on a real life drama.
Well done Eric!

17 Jul 2011 12:10pm

@Don Levesque: Thank you very much Don! ;-)

Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

toujours aussi impressionnant

17 Jul 2011 12:15pm

@Veronique: Merci beaucoup Veronique! ;-)

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

this series is so compelling - do you know what caused the fire in the first place?

17 Jul 2011 12:16pm

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thank you very much Sharon! Yes, apparently it was caused by an electrical short and was greatly accelerated by some flamable materials that were stored in the garage.... ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, that guy on the left is awfully close! This one wasn't easily contained was it?

17 Jul 2011 12:46pm

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much Jason! Yes, the houses are very close and the elements on that particular day made containment very difficult indeed!!! ;-)

Candais from Lisieux, Canada

I feel for the owners of the burning home but also the house next to them where all the smoke is going, you can't contain that and it can do a lot a damage as well.

17 Jul 2011 1:13pm

@Candais: Thank you very much Candais! As you will see, their expertise resulted in relatively little damage being done to the houses on either side! ;-)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

What a scary scene! That is one of my biggest fears...being trapped in a fire.

17 Jul 2011 2:48pm

@bluechameleon: Thank you very much Sharon! Thankfully everyone got out safely! ;-)

marci from in, Morocco

it is somewhat sad that such a tragedy can make for beautiful imagery. well captured - this whole series! I can feel both the cold and the heat from across the street!

17 Jul 2011 2:51pm

@marci: Thank you very much Marci! Yes, sometimes out of tragedy can come great beauty! ;-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Interesting explanation and comment on images that accurately explain and clarify the facts ... controlled fire is finally ... Very good pictures! A hug, Adela

17 Jul 2011 3:05pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! ;-)

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

eine gute Serie: Die Feuerwehr kommt.
Gefallen mir.

17 Jul 2011 4:06pm

@Heinz: Vielen Dank Heinz und herzlich willkommen auf meinem Blog! Bitte kommen Sie und besuchen bald! ;-)

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

documento digno de un reportero grafico, interesante serie de este incendio muy bien el trabajo realizado y la información, saludos!!!

17 Jul 2011 4:12pm

@Isidro: Muchas gracias Isidro! Me alegro de que están disfrutando de la serie! ;-)

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

great capture of this incident's heroes!!! i like how the fireman on the left seem to give a wave of approval!

17 Jul 2011 5:08pm

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you very much Maria! Actually those are hand signals to other members of the crew...... ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I am surprised that there is nobody on the street looking at the fire, or even the neighbors from the houses next door. Or were they all on your side of the street? It is definitely looking a bit better.

17 Jul 2011 5:40pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you very much Elaine! Actually emergency personnel evacuated people to my side of the street for their own safety. That and the fact that most people were indoors because of the bitter cold..... ;-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

These things can really radiate intense heat a pretty good distance from the actual flames; I'm surprised more snow hasn't melted away yet.

17 Jul 2011 6:06pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you very much Glenn! This late in the winter it is very hard packed and almost ice like. The intense cold also was a contributing factor I would presume.... ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I would question "containment" but you were right there and know more than we do. Was there oil stored in the garage? That smoke is so very black! Hopefully the house on the right didn't sustain any damage.

17 Jul 2011 7:39pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! Their containment efforts made sure that only minimal damage occured to the house on the right. The black smoke was a by product of the burning of the vinyl siding and the asphalt tiles on the roof..... ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Fine composition

17 Jul 2011 8:13pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack! ;-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great the action of the firemen on the right with the hose. And the colors really shout out!

17 Jul 2011 8:14pm

@RBL: Thank you very much Ruthie! ;-)

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Fire is fascinating,and also very frightening,as it shows on this beautiful series!

17 Jul 2011 8:27pm

@Thea: Thank you very much Thea! I am glad you are enjoying the series! ;-)

tataray from france, France

Toujours aussi belle image.
Série vraiment superbe.
Bonne nuit.

17 Jul 2011 10:29pm

@tataray: Merci beaucoup Raymonde! ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

It's amazing that they were able to save the houses next to it. Great series, Eric.

17 Jul 2011 10:59pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much Barbara! Yes, it is definitely a tribute to their skill! ;-)

Dokmateo from Spain

Beautiful. I hope they contained it well. =)

17 Jul 2011 11:30pm

@Dokmateo: Thank you very much Dokmateo! Yes they did! ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Lots of flames still! An excellent shot.

18 Jul 2011 1:36am

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Amazing. Wonderful image. Love the action of the firemen here. It is really a brave and great act indeed.
Very interesting explanation on these images. Wonderful series, Eric! :)

18 Jul 2011 3:17am

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! Glad you are enjoying the series! ;-)

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

great series you really captured it well !

18 Jul 2011 9:33am

@BBM: Thank you very much BBM! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

There are plenty of fires in Japan, too, especially in winter when it tends to be dry. And as the houses are made of wood, mainly, they burn to the ground most of the times with some people inside. Kerosene stoves are often used for heating and they are a great danger; still..people stick to them.
What a relief to know that nobody was hurt, but loss of material possessions can be painful as well. Hope these people had good insurance for house and car!

19 Jul 2011 6:42am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! Most houses here are also built of wood so we face the same problems. The one saving grace is that most modern furnaces are not the same fire hazard as kerosene stoves. ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Man ..these guys work hard...another excellent capture of this raging fire...

20 Jul 2011 12:28pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! Yes, it is definitely hard and dangerous work! Glad they are there when we need them!!! ;-)