I heard the first-alarm fire call from the my office police scanner sending units to an apartment fire on the South Hill. Looking out the photo department window I could see a column of smoke. I ran to my car and arrived on scene just after the Spokane Fire Department vented the roof. Within minutes, the entire top of the building was a roaring inferno. I quickly made  snaps of the flames. Then I stopped. I took a deep breath and told myself to start looking around the scene at everything that was not in flames. At every spot news event I go to, there are lots of mini stories taking place. The emotional apartment renters who have lost everything, the crowed gathered to watch the action. Re-tuning myself to look for these moments, I found this photo of a child and mother watching the fire with the flames reflected in their window.  We ran the big flames on the front page, but this photo means more to me. An image like this is subtle, it doesn’t  scream: ” Look at me!” Instead it has layers, mystery and makes the viewer ask questions. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review Nikon D3s Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4 lens

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