On Tuesday, Steve's Lunch, the iconic west side hotdog shop caught fire. It didn't take long for the grease fire to get out of control.
I was on 176 North when I first spotted the smoke. I could tell it hadn't been burning for long so I raced home to grab my cameras. I hate to see places burn down, but when it happens I like to take the opportunity to document the amazing actions of the firefighters and emergency personnel. Thankfully no one was hurt here, but the city lost landmark that had been operating in my west side neighborhood for over sixty years.
I know it was St. Patrick's Day but I was still surprised to see a bag piper walk straight through the scene.
Turns out he was a Cleveland firefighter who had retired just two days before.
Almost as fascinating as the fire itself is the crowd that turns out.
This is the fourth fire that I've photographed and it always amazes me at how hard these firefighters work. A job that I'm certain I wouldn't last a day at.
Photos taken with a Canon 60D, using a Canon 20mm f/2.8, Canon 135mm f/2.0 and Canon 10-22mm f/3.5 lens.