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CLIFF DESPEAUX / THE SEATTLE TIMES
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Seattle Times Pictures of the Year 2009

Nov. 14: Firefighters battle a blaze from the ground and above a vacant warehouse on Aurora Avenue North in Shoreline. I was fortunate enough to arrive at the scene just moments before the building began to flame up. After spending a few minutes in front, I went out back to see what I could find. It's rare when I'm able to get this close to a fire and allowed the time to make such a dramatic picture. Of interest, the silhouetted man and his dog on the far right live in the shack on the far left. Kevin Todd Swalwell was arrested just blocks from the scene as a suspect in the Shoreline fire as well as several recent arsons in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood.

"I've used a camera since I was very young. But it wasn't until I was a student at the University of Washington that I decided not to pursue a career in piano performance and instead get involved with the student newspaper, The Daily. I spent more time working there than I ever did in my classes. And after a year of interning at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, I knew I wanted to be a multimedia journalist. Covering stories that have an impact on my fellow Northwesterners is always fun and rewarding, no matter how many hours I spend standing in the rain waiting for that one shot. —" Cliff DesPeaux