Fuel Spill / by Rugile Kaladyte

Tonight, I covered a breaking news story for The Victoria Advocate, my second this week. Because the breaking news reporter was with another photographer covering a car accident, I responded to the fuel spill on my own. Navigating around traffic and road blockages, it was a challenge, but one that excited me. I especially enjoyed interacting with the fire department and neighbors at the scene. No one was allowed near the actual fuel spill, so I knew I had to look for a different moment  to photograph.

Landen Hartl, 7, left, and J.R. Hartl, 10, right, sit on the hood of their mom’s car while emergency vehicles respond to a 1,000 gallon fuel spill at Telferner Grocery and Market in Telferner, TX, on Friday, January 8, 2016. "[They're acting] like it's a circus. The youngest one was wondering when he would get his sticker from one of the fire crew," said Brandi Mankoski, 39, the mother of Landen and J.R. "They asked some for evacuation for those closer to the store, but they haven't told us anything yet. So, I assume we're good to go," said Mankoski. About 40 people were evacuated from their homes after the fuel spill.

Landen Hartl, 7, left, and J.R. Hartl, 10, right, sit on the hood of their mom’s car while emergency vehicles respond to a 1,000 gallon fuel spill at Telferner Grocery and Market in Telferner, TX, on Friday, January 8, 2016. "[They're acting] like it's a circus. The youngest one was wondering when he would get his sticker from one of the fire crew," said Brandi Mankoski, 39, the mother of Landen and J.R. "They asked some for evacuation for those closer to the store, but they haven't told us anything yet. So, I assume we're good to go," said Mankoski. About 40 people were evacuated from their homes after the fuel spill.