A return to newsside
July 26, 2008, 1:18 pm
Filed under: Adventure, Events, Video

A week or two ago, I meant to write an entry about how I felt a little left out of the rush to cover the Valley View Fire, a brush fire in Spokane Valley that destroyed 13 homes. Being in the sports department has a way of keeping you out of the news loop.

But Thursday was a different story. On our way out of the door to take Lisa to work, her grandpa called to say there was an entire building on fire downtown. Just in case, I grabbed my ready-to-go backpack and drove downtown.

The smoke was everywhere. A giant plume rushing skyward. Once I dropped off Lisa at the newsroom, she called and said that, as I expected, no one was over there doing video. I rushed over to the scene (admittedly, I took a detour home to put on real shoes, get a real shirt and grab a hat — I’d just rolled out of bed) and busted out my camera.

Several smoke-filled (plus chemicals!) hours of shooting later, here’s what I came up with:

It was nice to be back on news, if only for a day. I got the adrenaline rush. My hair, two days later, still has a hint of smoke smell to it. And even though I worked 14.5 hours that day (8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. — still had to cover an Indians game), I would have done it a thousand times over.


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