by Lindsay Frankel
It was well after midnight, and Dave Salemi was fast asleep in his home in Chester, a community on Kent Island just across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland. “My wife woke up and said ‘Hey, I think someone’s ringing our doorbell,’” explains Salemi in an interview. Dazed, he didn’t think anything was wrong. But the flames next door shocked him awake.
“I looked out my back window… and there was this bright orange,” says Salemi. His home sits about 10 to 15 feet away from his neighbor’s, and all the garages are in the alleyway behind the houses. The fire appeared to be coming from the neighbor’s garage. “I just saw flames shooting up from the house next door.” Fortunately, he and his wife escaped without injury. From a safe distance away from his home, Salemi was able to capture photos of the remarkable outcome of the fire next door. “It was just unbelievable,” he says.