Photographer's Note

This was among the first things I saw after I arrived in the Estonian seaside town of Pärnu in early summer of 2013. A small hotel was on fire, fortunately not where I had booked a room.

With this fire in mind I was a bit upset to be rudely awakened by the fire alarm at 6 next morning in my own hotel. I nervously dressed and grabbed a few of my most valuable belongings, in case I would never return to my room, and hurried downstairs. It turned out that the alarm had been set off by smoke rising from a vacuum cleaner as they were cleaning the restaurant.

What grabbed my attention in this photo were the devastated looks of the three women, probably evacuated from the burning hotel, and one woman's upset gesture towards the man in the blue shirt.

If you search the map coordinates 58.38386 24.49903 you will land in this street. If you go beyond what remains of the blue building and turn back, you can see the still partly charred side wall of the green house. The Google photos were taken in July 2014, just over a year after the fire.

I tried to enter the figures the intended way but was prevented by one of the usual TE bugs.

Here is a larger version.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9699 W: 511 N: 18812] (83260)
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