Burning umbrellas, 2004

Firefighters aim their hoses into a burning building at the scene of a five-alarm fire in the Old City section of Philadelphia in 2004. A friend just reminded me that several news photographers were at the Pen and Pencil Club for a photojournalism event when this incident broke out and I was among those who left…

Through the roof, 2003

Flames rage from the top of an apartment building in the Washington Square West section of Center City Philadelphia in 2003. The six-alarm fire also seriously damaged several of the homes seen at right before it was bought under control. Coincidentally, I moved onto the same block just a few years later and have since…

Wall of fire, 1985

Firefighters spray foam toward a gasoline tanker truck that overturned and caught fire on Route 128 in Peabody, Mass., in 1985. Traffic was gridlocked and I had to get upwind to get this shot. So, I found my way along back roads to the next exit and drove the wrong way up the highway, since oncoming…

Great ball of fire, 1996

Gas workers gather at the scene after a line was ruptured and fumes ignited on Walnut Street near 20th, on the edge of Rittenhouse Square in the Center City section of Philadelphia in 1996. Below, a Philadelphia firefighter hoses down stained-glass windows on the side of the Church of the Holy Trinity, out of concern…

Hold your nose, 2004

Neighborhood children cover their noses as smoke from a row home fire clouds their block in the Grays Ferry section of South Philadelphia in 2004. When I turned around and spotted this group behind me, I shot this frame from the hip to avoid disrupting the scene.

Smoke and snow, 2003

Firefighters arrive at the scene of a row house fire on 13th Street near Carpenter Street in the Hawthorne section of South Philadlephia on the morning after a snow storm in 2003. I was out working on storm coverage when the fire broke out nearby. Date: 2/17/03, Time: 10:45:37 AM, Shutter: 1/1000, F: 4.0, ISO: 400, Lens:…