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The wind was vicious the day the Aiken South Carolina USA city hall caught fire. A fast moving lightning storm ignited a fire on the upper floors that firefighters had difficulty reaching. And the winds blew most of their fire stream well away from the fire.

Nikon F3 24mm lens 1/125sec f11 EI400 Fujichrome

“Hose crew” was featured in All About Fire 2/8/10
“Hose crew” was featured in Beautiful South Carolina 12/02/09


storm, aiken, larry grayam, structure fire


  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Larry, wonderful composition and action.

  • Thanks Rosalie, I think the wind blown water adds something too.

    – Larry Grayam

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 4 years ago

    Neat shot :)

  • Thanks Ann

    – Larry Grayam

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 4 years ago

    Your welcome

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenover 4 years ago

    Lucky you didn’t get wet Larry….A great action shot.

  • Ellen  Price - Greenwald
    Ellen Price -...over 4 years ago

    Excellent capture, Larry :-)

  • Thanks so much Ellen, wecome back.

    – Larry Grayam

  • Jay Gross
    Jay Grossover 4 years ago

    Great shot and actual film, yet. Is this building on Park Avenue? I don’t remember it. -J:

  • It’s the old Aiken city hall on Park Ave at Chesterfield Street (becomes Whiskey Rd.) Thanks Jay

    – Larry Grayam

  • Gouzelka
    Gouzelkaover 4 years ago

    Larry, this is great acting shot and nicely done!

  • Thanks Gouzelka

    – Larry Grayam

  • David McMahon
    David McMahonover 4 years ago

    Strong cinema verite aspect to this natural shot, Larry.

  • Thanks David I couldn’t resist this tight bunch of uniforms shooting water.

    – Larry Grayam

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellover 4 years ago

    Great capture, right place at the right time..

  • Thanks Mary

    – Larry Grayam

  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomover 4 years ago

    Congrats on being feature in All About Fire Group

  • ow I;m greatly honored thanks.

    – Larry Grayam

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