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Richmont Inn Blaze by Christopher  Ewing

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to date, since i have been on the volunteer fire dept here in townsend, this was the hardest fire we have fought. this was richmont inn, located in laurel valley here in townsend, along a mountain side. this blaze literally wore us out. we fought it from 9:30pm til 6:10am, and then i had to return around 8:30am and fight it more til around 11am. i had already been up for over 24hrs. i was beat. there was one more call on this fire the next day, and again, a few of us showed up to “finish her off”
this was a task within itself, the inn was about 100foot from where we had to park our truck, and carry ALL of our gear down the mountain side to it. of course we started off at night, so having to watch your step along with carrying gear or a charged hose, was a challenge.
this shot along with 7 others will soon be published in 9-1-1 magazine, four from this fire..and three shots from the fire we had exactly one month to the day in january. two of the shots are already here on RB….“my volunteer job” and “battling the blaze”

this shot along with my volunteer job were published in the 9-1-1 magazine for the months of aug, sept, and oct 2009


  • Crystal Zacharias
    Crystal Zachariasalmost 7 years ago

    Great capture. How do you find time to take pictures between fighting the fire?

  • it was when i was “taking a break” lol if i wasnt holding a hose, i had that camera :)

    – Christopher Ewing

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryalmost 7 years ago

    Woo published! Fantastic work Christopher

  • Nancy Stafford
    Nancy Staffordalmost 7 years ago

    great capture of the blaze. . and published as well that great

  • flame7
    flame7almost 7 years ago

    Fantastic – published too – excellent.

  • inexistentia
    inexistentiaalmost 7 years ago

    Congrats on having your work featured in 9-1-1 mag! Good stuff :)

  • SkyFox
    SkyFoxalmost 7 years ago

    Amazing – very good to protect us – thank you!!

  • jlynn
    jlynnalmost 7 years ago

    Amazing image,, I like that it shows how tiny the men and the hose are and hugh and fierce the fire is. Ohh an congrats on the publish:)

  • Michele Duncan IPA
    Michele Duncan...almost 7 years ago

    Great shot. Very dramatic. I hope no one was hurt! Congrats on the publication!

  • bertspix
    bertspixalmost 7 years ago

    fabulous photography…absolutely rivetting…bert

  • melynda blosser
    melynda blosseralmost 7 years ago

    nice capture , shame this happened and i hope no one was hurt, and thank goodness for people lie you

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