As I drove up to Sunday’s fire at the Livingston Enterprises Swine facility fire on Sunday I approached it like I had countless thousands of other fires I’ve covered. I grabbed my camera, a couple of different lenses, extra batteries and a note pad. Then off I went.
As I watched the event unfold I realized it wasn’t like an other fire I covered before. Six. Seven. Eight. No, nine different fire departments showed up to put out the catastrophic blaze which undoubtedly resulted in millions of dollars worth of damage to one of the state of the art facilities of its kind.
I heard the call come in for more trucks. Then more man power. Then water. “We need water. we’re running out. Call Steele City and see if they can send a truck.”
By this time I wanted to put my camera down and help. “Give me a hose. Hand me a shovel. I can drive a skid loader, drive a truck/trailer,just tell me what to do,” I thought.