A car was on fire near our home in the middle of the night, so naturally I went out to investigate and took some photos. Nobody was hurt, nor was it anything terrorist related, so thankfully we were all good here.
The car belonged to a 91 year old man named Bill. He was told by the fire brigade that what most likely happened to his vehicle was that someone tried to break into his car to vandalise it. It's hard to tell how it happened, but it seems like it was ignited the petrol from the fuel cap, causing the petrol tank to split and the car to explode. The spilt petrol kept burning, and took the brigade over an hour to put out the flames.
The worst thing is, even though Bill pays his car insurance, his total doesn't even come close to the worth of his car. He's left with no choice but to sell all of the spare parts he has, and settle for less.
However what struck me the most was, when Bill told me about all of this, he spoke about it with so much delight and enthusiasm. He caught me taking photos and before I could explain that I was a street photographer, he stopped and encouraged me to take more photos. While explaining to me how he's just lost one of his most valued properties, in one of the worst way possible, he still managed to find reasons to smile and laugh about the whole ordeal. I enjoyed the conversation so much, that I forgot to ask him for his portrait.
Perhaps we could all learn something from Bill.
All photos featured were taken on February 11th 2017, at 02:00am.