Hard fight and rescue for companies during early morning fire
Lloyd Mitchell was on the scene as Buffalo firefighters went to work at an apartment fire on 27 June. Firefighters were called to an Oxford Avenue apartment at approximately 0300 where the narrow street reportedly made it difficult to position apparatus. One occupant was rescued from the two-alarm fire and two others were injured.
“Buffalo firefighters responded to their second structure fire of the evening, reporting people trapped. Engine 21 went on location with fire on the second floor and advised other companies they would be laying in a 1 3/4. Companies were able to make a push to the second floor. Rescue 1 and Ladder 6 rescued a civilian trapped on the third floor.”
Click on the photo below to see more photos from the Oxford Avenue fireground.
Lloyd Mitchell is a freelance photographer whose photos of firefighters at work began as a change of pace. “I started taking photography classes at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at the age of 15. The camp counselor thought I was good. The rest is history. I have worked with my community newspaper in Brooklyn for the last two summers. During the summer of my sophomore year, I wanted to work on a project different from things I had worked on during the school year. So I started to photograph firefighters. I would take portraits of them after jobs. I would drop the photos off to them. I didn’t expect the project to last two more summers. The project has been of fun. I’ve met a lot of amazing and down to earth people. My purpose of the project was I want people to understand what they go through on a daily tour. I have more of an artistic feeling to my images. I want my photos to tell an overall story. I don’t feel scared behind the lens. These people aren’t scared to run into a burning building.” You can follow Lloydâ€™s work here and at his photography website.