Time to Remember

March 4, 2010 · 4 comments

in Documentary

After the fire in our complex last night, it made me remember 2 other fires I have witnessed (and photographed)

On 30 December 2007 while on holiday in Ponta D’ Ouro in Mozambique, a wooden cottage caught on fire. Unfortunately, Ponta D’ Ouro is a really small rural village, and does not have a clinic, let alone a fire department, so this cottage burnt to the ground in about 20 minutes. Unfortunately, the owner of the cottage was killed by an exploding gas bottle, and in remembrance the entire village had an evening of silence.

Then in May 2008, I was photographing an event for the History channel at Rovos Rail in Pretoria, when 6 vintage 1940’s carriages caught on fire, and soon afterward, another 6 caught on fire. As soon as we realised a fire had broken out, the staff jumped aboard the burning train removing gas bottles to prevent further explosions. It took almost an hour for the fire department to arrive, and when they did, there was no water pressure!

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