Why you shouldn’t store mass amounts of fertilizer in your shed….
It all started with me taking out the trash at a friends house for his mom. (I’ve always been taught that listening to mothers leads to good things) It was a nice, breezy summer day. Among the birds chirping, I could hear the sounds of fire trucks racing down 102nd Ave. To my left, a huge column of smoke drifted above houses, half a mile away. From years I training as a photojournalist, I found myself sprinting back inside to grab my camera and car keys. I could smell a story.
When I got there, the fire trucks had just begun to pump water onto the flames. The telltale ‘crackle and pop’ the inferno could be heard above the shouts of the firefighters, bravely running into the back yard of the house. The actual house was untouched by flame, but the large shed in the backyard was wreathed in flame and sending acrid smoke into the air. Taking pictures, I circled around the perimeter of the house, careful to keep safe distance.
I overheard one of the fire chiefs saying that there must have been a decent amount of gasoline or fertilizer in the shed. They were able to keep the fire contained to the back yard, and within 20 minutes, most of the flames were put out.
To my left, three large dogs sat in a truck bed, lapping water out of a large cooler. A girl nearby told me that the dogs belong to the owner of the house, and they were trying to keep them cool and away from the heat of the fire. The docks licked at my camera as I took the pictures.
Within the hour, the firefighters had extinguished the flames. No one was hurt, and the house was left relatively unscathed—the homeowners will replace the shed, but I don’t think they’ll house so much fertilizer next time.