The Latest Adventure of DaddyClaxton
I got a text message from one of my 11-year-old twins last night at 11:01 pm. She was the Kroger in Balch Springs with her mother and she said, “Hey, there’s a fire to go chase after.” (I’m not going to say anything about her being at Kroger at 11 p.m. on a Friday when she’s 11.)
So I got in the car with camera, rod tripod, etc. and went.
When I got to the scene at Brook Valley and Hickory Tree, things were well under way in an abandoned apartment building. The Balch Springs Fire Department had three trucks on the scene, a CareFlite ambulance, hoses everywhere, and the building well engulfed. Shortly after I got there, Engine 4 from Mesquite joined in the battle. It was about 98 when I got in the car according to the temperature gauge. With a two story building on fire it was even hotter at the fire.
To my knowledge, none of the firefighters were hurt during the ensuing two-three hour engagement. (I left at 12:51 a.m. and no one had been hurt at that point. CareFlite medics kept the firefighters well hydrated.)
But the building of the apartment, which clearly had been emptied some time ago, and this was someone deciding they wanted to see things burn on a boring Friday night, is pretty much destroyed. I wonder how long it’s going to take the property owner to get it demolished. (Which reminds me, I need to call James Claxton at Claxton’s Demolition Services and let him know…. No relation.)
I’d say it’s been a long time since I’d been to shoot a fire like the one last night, but it really hasn’t been all that long. Balch Springs Fire assisted Dallas County last week in a trailer park fire. I got some great pics to take the department then, too. And of course, back in my DISD days, when we were in the middle of finalizing the building permits and all for what’s become of Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School and Sam Tasby Middle School abandoned apartments went up in flames on a Sunday afternoon. I think I told Jason Trahan from The Dallas Morning News jokingly and to the affect that “maybe they should let it burn a little longer” so we could save in demo costs. He put it in the paper, which drew sneers in some corners and then laughs out loud in others. (I still think it was funny.)
Last night’s fire, aside from a building being burnt to the ground, proved largely uneventful. They put the fire out. No one got hurt. But I did get some great photos for the city and the guys in the department. I’ve shot a good round of pic for B Shift and C Shift. One more to go.