It is a real pleasure to drive the back roads of Chester County, Pennsylvania. On Sunday, February 23, 2020, I came across what I thought was someone burning brush. I stopped just off the road to photograph the smoke moving through the leafless trees of winter. Another photographer stopped. Like me, he was out shooting on a Sunday afternoon and, like me, he liked the look of the smoke.
Slowly we realized that, contrary to what we thought we were seeing, this was not a controlled fire. A trailer was burning! The fire was spreading! We called 911. Then I went to the house next to the fire to see if anyone was there. I found a young man standing in front who wanted to know if we had called 911. We had. Less than ten minutes after calling, the West Grove Fire Company arrived and began their work putting out the fire. No one was in the trailer, the mobile home, the jeep, or the pickup truck that were burning. It was just things burning, so I continued photographing the fire, the smoke in the trees and, after they arrived, the firemen.
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