May 29, 2009

Up in smoke ... lots and lots of smoke

This afternoon I covered probably one of the biggest fires in a long time around here as a local kite shop caught fire, sending large plumes of black throughout downtown for almost an hour.

Apparently the fire was started when while fixing a kite line a hot edge caught on. The amazing thing (besides the fact that no one was hurt) is that the combined efforts of the Long Beach and Ilwaco volunteer fire departments were able to keep the adjoining businesses on either side fire-free. Great job guys!

I can only imagine what it was like for the guys going inside, as I wreaked of smoke and my eyes were burning by the time I left, and I was a fair distance away from the blaze itself.


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