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2013 Atlantic Journalism Awards Finalists


Date Aired or Published December 18-2013
Media outlet where first aired or published: Chronicle Herald
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Location: Annapolis Valley
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

The call came over the scanner for a structure fire on a farm in Spa Springs, Annapolis County about 4:30p.m. I had covered a farmhouse blaze on the same road a few weeks earlier and knew the quickest route to the scene without having to check my back road atlas. I thought I could beat the local fire crews but was more concerned with the quickly fading light at that time of day in the winter. When arriving Middleton firefighters were working to establish their water supply I noticed a gentleman using a snow shovel in a desperate attempt to quell the out-of-control flames on a camper next to a small mill. I later learned that the owner of the mill made wooden baskets for berry producers and lived in the adjacent camper trailer. Both were completely destroyed by the fire.

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