READER PHOTOS: Horse, dog, and pony escape Route 6 car fire…

READER PHOTOS: Horse, dog, and pony escape Route 6 car fire…


Firefighters responded to Route 6 in the area of Exit 5 yesterday afternoon for a SUV on fire while attached to a horse trailer.

According to West Barnstable FD, the owner was able to remove the animals prior to the engine arriving to fight the flames.

Mitch Stillson Sr. alerted HN and shared the above photos. He reports seeing a horse, pony (actually was a miniature horse, he later reported…) and dog safely being kept behind a guard rail next to the highway.

Firefighters put out the fire and there were no injuries reported.


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– Turn cell phone sideways to capture a landscape style image.
– Where possible, “zoom” with your feet… (images come out better when one can walk up close to a scene, rather than relying on the camera’s zoom feature…)
– Take multiple wide, medium, and close up (or “tight”) stills of the entire scene. Remember, you are trying to capture the entire story.
– Be steady. Cell phones are powerful tools, but one must have a steady hand. Use the scene to help stabilize your shot. An un-involved car fender or sign post can be used to help steady your shot.  HN uses multiple powerful professional-grade cameras, but I still find the need to occasionally “hug” a sign post while shooting, especially after having too much coffee 😉

– In low light situations, time your shots with the headlights of passing motor vehicles…
– Do not be shy! Ask questions when it’s not distracting to do so. Most Cape Cod police and fire officials are very helpful at scenes once the scene has calmed down and is stable. It behooves officers to help get appropriate and accurate information out to the public, especially when it concerns public safety.
– Feel free to send all photos to HN, and if possible, I will give you suggestions as the scene unfolds. Photos may be sent in a private message on the HN Facebook page (don’t forget to “like” and follow HN on Facebook if you haven’t already) … or to HN’s email at … or as a text message to 508-280-7374. If your photos are worth money (as they may be in some cases), I’ll let you know…





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