Ashland Main Street Fire – April 12th, 2015

Documenting a sad & traumatic event is very different for me, but seeing the tremendous work of all the emergency responders from our area was incredible. I am so happy I got to photograph this event because it showcases our amazing community coming together.  Mutual aid from all over came to Ashland to put out this fire – you can see many more photos and find out how to help those who were affected by going here :  Ashland Fire.  All families got out safely.

For the first time ever I was able to capture photos of my boyfriend responding to a fire – and that was an incredible experience.

This is the view from my house on the way to the fire.

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To repeat – everyone got out safely – but they do need some assistance – you can see more photos and info here: Ashland Fire

A huge thank you to all of the responders to this fire.  You are all amazing!

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6 Comments

6 Comments on Ashland Main Street Fire – April 12th, 2015

  1. Alison
    April 12, 2015 at 3:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Hannah,
    Your work behind the camera is always stunning. These are amazing photos, that honor the heroic actions of firemen and first responders. We so take for granted the courage it takes for community responders , police, firemen, etc. to go into these life threatening situations. The close-ups document this tragic fire in a way that words cannot. Thankfully, all got to safety.

  2. David
    April 12, 2015 at 5:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Frame 12, the firefighter on his knees enveloped in smoke is stunning. A well told story, picture by picture. Branching out into photojournalism now?
    Best to all suffering loss and many, many thanks to first responders, there and everywhere.

  3. JIM tHOMPSON
    April 14, 2015 at 4:13 pm (3 years ago)

    JUNE 1ST , 26 YEARS RETIRED AFD, GOOD TO SEE THAT ASHLAND STILL HAS A PAID FIRE DEPARTMENT
    THAT IS THERE TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY, GREAT JOB AFD.

  4. Dean
    April 17, 2015 at 6:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Hannah:

    The photos were fantastic and captured the heroics, the danger, the destruction, the helping neighbors and the incredible fire fighters.

    Wonderful action photos which shows how broad is your talents and always compelling.

    Great photojournalist, human interest pro and so you!! THANKS !!

  5. susan little
    April 20, 2015 at 10:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Hannah, I just saw the pictures of the fire today (4/21/15). Not unexpectedly, all were incredible, but the one that hit me the most was, I believe, #22, where the sign in the window said “Angels Among Us, Closed today.” Obviously, the shop was closed, but the angels were there – the firefighters, first responders, those who provided drinks for all, and the incredible journalist who documented this situation. Ashland reminds me SO much of the community where I taught, where everyone goes out of his/her way to help anyone in need.

  6. Jenni Z
    April 22, 2015 at 8:48 am (3 years ago)

    Awesome & scary photos! Thanks so much for sharing them.