This photograph was chosen by the National Press Photographers Association as one of the top 3 breaking news photographs for the month of April, 2013 in Region 1, being New England, New York and some Canadian provinces. The other two photographs chosen were of the Boston bombing.
It was a subfreezing night with gusting winds at the end of December when this two story log home caught fire. Water from the fire hoses, draining from the house area, froze to the ground on contact. Firefighters had to retreat from fighting the fire and work instead to contain it from spreading. Staying on ones feet was a challenge. The light sky is from a long exposure.