|Iqaluit Fire/ CBC/Paul Moore|
The vital time is always the very first minutes . That is when water can hold fire back before it grows , spreads and devastates .
When winter is so cold as it is right now in the far north , those minutes never come. The water freezes and cannot do the job.
Water doesn't work until the fire is so large that it changes the air temperature . By then, the damage , and in this case death , has happened . Nothing can change what is done.
All that is left is a horrifically beautiful monument to the dead.
How sad I feel for the people in this community ? My heart goes out to them.
The full news article on the fire can be read at www.cbc.ca .
Ron Wassink , Iqaluit photographer has been on the ground in Nunavut. His photos and commentary capture the reality for the people who have been left homeless by this conflagration .