You Never Know When Breaking News Will Happen
Two house fires in Forks Township in less than two weeks has my ears listening for alarms.
So there I was after a long day Tuesday getting snuggled up under the blankets in bed watching a movie.
It was around 7:15 p.m. and dinner was finished and I was watching "A Few Good Men" for the zillionth time.
Then I heard them.
Out in the distance, I could hear sirens. And my first thoughts were, "Oh, no..."
A little more than a week earlier I was covering the Forks Township Board of Supervisors meeting when I heard the alarms.
Since the agenda was lengthy, I was kind of hoping it wasn't anything major, but then the alarms kept coming.
Then I got an alert about a house fire. So I bolted.
I asked a former supervisor for directions and then headed down Sullivan Trail, trying to find the flames in the sky.
The scene was amazing. About 50 firefighters from Forks, Palmer and surrounding area battling a blaze in the garage of the home.
So I sprung into action.
Earlier that day, we had just learned how to shoot video using our iPhones.
I called Mary Ellen Alu, Lehigh Valley Patch's associate regional editor, and called in details of a story and sent a few photos so she could post on the site for me with a breaking news alert.
Then I shot some video.
I found Fire Chief Charles Chapman, talked to a few people and left the scene an hour later, my fingers frozen in the biting cold since I had no gloves, not thinking that I'd be covering a big story besides the supervisors meeting.
That was that fire.
So it was unusual to receive another fire report Tuesday night.
After receiving an alert listing the location, I asked my 10-year-old son Joshua to go on Google Maps for me on his iPad and track down the address.
I threw on a baseball cap and my jacket, grabbed my iPhone and notepad and off I went in a T-shirt and sweatpants.
Luckily, the location was just off Mittman Road near where I live.
Driving to the scene, I got see the ball of flames. I parked on the side of the road and made a mad dash, stopping to shoot some video and watching as the fire turned quickly into smoke.
Luckily, in both fires, no one was injured.
So it's been a busy past few weeks. But you never know when breaking news will happen again.
I'll just keep my ears open.