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Laura J. Gardner - The Journal Gazette
Toxic smoke billows out from Momper Insulation, at 2431 W. Main Street. Police evacuated area residents at about 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Shooting the Momper Insulation Fire

Camera: NIKON D2Hs

Shutter: 1/1250 s

Aperture: f/6.3

Exposure Setting: Manual (Spot Metering)

ISO: 640

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 42 mm

White Balance: Manual

Shooter's Comments: I was driving to work on Sunday down State Boulevard towards the paper when I saw a cloud of dark smoke in the distance. Sure enough, I got a call within minutes that there was a fire.

I knew it would be a big one, from the looks of it. I heard it was a chemical fire, which always scares me a little.

When I got to the scene it was big, real big. The black smoke filled the air and was moving fast. I wasn't able to get close to the building which was fine by me after hearing it was a chemical/insulation fire. I took both stills and video of this.

I noticed a lady watching the fire who was really upset and I took some photos of her. I later found out it was the wife of the owner of the business. It is really sad whenever you go to these accidents. You don't want to look heartless, but at the same time I am doing my job and trying to do it in a way that isn't in the way of others. I came back to the paper and noticed I felt weird, almost dizzy with a slight funky taste in my mouth.

- Laura J. Gardner, Photojournalist