Fire and its Aftermath

December 15, 2012

Fire damaged building braced for re-construction

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

This seems to have been a year for fire in Fells Point.  An earlier post contains photographs from a recent fire and these are from a couple of subsequent conflagrations that occurred nearby. While fire has certainly been an integral element in human evolution, survival, and comfort-watch Tom Hanks at the beginning of Cast Away for a modern example of those latter points-it is also, of course, supremely destructive.  What starts as a small spark can quickly engulf whatever is available and often leaves behind empty shells.

Fire damaged building braced for re-construction

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Fire-damaged store sign

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Street view of fire-damaged building

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Just up the street from the previous damage is another fire-gutted building.  The results are similar.

Fire damage to building in Fells Point

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Fire-damaged awning of building

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According to FEMA, “Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in house fires in the United States…” That is a lot of people.

Yesterday, another type of fire was unleashed in Newtown, Connecticut leaving 26 people dead-the majority of whom were first graders.  President Obama addressed a mournful nation this morning and, indeed, “we have endured far too many of these tragedies…” Not too long ago we were discussing Aurora, CO; before that it was Tuscon, AZ.   Virginia Tech and Columbine are in the relatively near past.  Heartfelt sympathies and condolences to all who have had to deal with, and will continue to have to deal with, such mind-numbing acts.

This post begins with a mention of fire’s role in human evolution and now we are talking about a different application of that element.  Firearms, too, have played a key role and a force people have used against each other for centuries.  At a very basic level, guns provide power and that power arguably gets used for both good and evil.  That judgment is often a matter of perspective.  However, these incidents make one wonder just how far we have evolved especially when first-graders become the target.   It goes without saying that we as a culture should have long ago figured this out-there are far, far too many empty shells left behind.

Take care.

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