Photographer's Note

My last post showed the main building on fire in what was once possibly an auto-parts supplier. Over the years as automobile factories left Detroit the building took on new roles. It eventually became a type of chop-shop, a place where cars go to be stripped down and the parts re-used. So in a way the building came full circle, from helping to produce cars to destroying cars. You could even see the cars stashed away in satellite images of the facility.

The people in the area had been complaining about the facility for some time but got no where with the city. The owners were supposed to clean up they said but that was months ago and to them something like the fire that eventually happened was inevitable. And finally on a brisk but perfect October day the inevitable did happen and the whole block went up in flames.

So the Detroit Fire Department went into action on the second huge fire in five months at a relic of Detroit's automobile heritage past. The major activity fighting the fire was on the east side of the building where several homes and a former church's school abutted the fire. So, high on their ladders they sprayed tiny streams of water on the fire as smoke billowed high into the sky.

The water at first was a problem to get as they were draining all the water in the area, which caused other hydrants around the building to lose pressure. So the Detroit Water Department had to join the fire department in getting to work. In all the water department redirected 1 million gallons of water per hour, or 4 per cent of the system's average hourly flow.

This photo was taken at the highest iso setting of my little camera as I zoomed in on these ladders so it came out a bit noisy, of course. But I decided to keep the noise as part over of the overall atmosphere so I hope it works like that.

And the title comes from Dante's description in "The Divine Comedy" of the second circle of Hell where a
"hellish hurricane, which never rests,
drives on the spirits with its violence:
wheeling and pounding, it harasses them."
(lines 31-33)

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