Yesterday we arrived at a local neighborhood where a fire call had been toned out and then canceled. We were told there was no fire, but an explosion. After going door to door and talking to neighbors in nearby neighborhoods, we were hearing many first hand accounts of the scene. We learned that a two story home exploded suddenly Wednesday morning. Most of the surrounding homes were severely damaged and homes within a few miles were shaken and windows shattered by the force of the blast. After seeing the scene, it seemed like nothing less than a miracle that the baby not only survived the blast, but was found by firefighters under four feet of debris within 15 minutes of their arrival and transported to the hospital. After being evaluated by the hospital we were told she had some bruises but that was about it. Amazing. It was bittersweet, knowing that the infant, Parker Singer, 4 1/2 months, survived while her mother did not. We knew that a family had lost their loved one and that the baby had lost her mother. It was a tough thing to cover and witness and I watched as our reporters did it with compassion and professionalism. They made me proud to have them there with me.
Today we don’t know much more, but the investigation is ongoing. Here are a few shots from yesterday.
Today I was driving to a house fire (wondering how anything could burn in a thunderstorm…) and these adventurous people were paddling down a drainage ditch along the highway. I immediately pulled over to the side of the road and ventured out into the storm to get their photo. Truckers were honking and they were waving to drivers as they went by.
Later when we were all dry, I was able to talk with them a bit and they said that after they put the canoe away they did a little boogie boarding in the ditch as well. I’m sad I missed that, but I’m glad I happened upon them while they were out there.
Spent time with this family last week as they tried to salvage some belongings from the ashes of their home. Thankfully everyone got out of the house, but just about everything was destroyed by the fire.
A couple weeks ago Dianna Wray and I covered a murder trial in Goliad, Texas. Delbert Andrew Mills was being tried for the murder of his wife, Patricia Leigh Mills, in 2003, when she died in a house fire. At the end of the trial he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. These are a couple shots of the emotional moments of her family following the verdict.
Last week I got to photograph an awesome young lady who lost her leg due to a rare genetic disorder that makes it hard to heal. Despite this setback, she is training for the paralympics. Though she only got her new leg 3 weeks ago, she is already walking and training on it. Covering stories like these really makes me realize the strength people are truly capable of.