I received a phone call, "Jeff, are you in Holyoke?, No, but I will be in a half hour or so. There is a building across from us on fire." I guess I will be there even sooner than I thought, I responded with. Fully engulfed in flames, I knew that photographing this building as it burned was needed. What I didnt know was, it was going to land me in the office of a Photo Editor for a local news publication. Below are the images of the scene.
This was the second scene this year that we responded to in Holyoke. There as a major fire on Chestnut st back in August. No one was left homless due to that fire. Yet it added to Holyokes long list of fires. Again this year, we are faced with yet another disaster involving a building burning. In the past 18 or so months we have seen Parsons Paper ignite into a blaze of memories and ruble, to the fire in the summer, up till tonight.
Our hearts go out to the 15 families that have been left without a home tonight.