Eau Claire Fire Department Fights Large House Fire on Putnam Street

January 5, 2013 Travis Dewitz

A large house fire in Eau Claire broke out on the night of May 15th just off of Birth Street on Putnam Street and the intersection with Omaha Street. Sounded like an abandoned home caught fire. The house was fully engulfed by the time I arrived. The house fire also started the next door home on fire as well while the owner looked on in disbelief. The Eau Claire Fire Department did what they could to contain the fires and the Altoona Fire Department was also called in as mutual aid. These devastating fires are such an incredible force to see in action. To see a home owner watch his house and belonging being threatened by fire is very disheartening. I have personally talked to the home owner a few months after the fire which took a lot of his personal belongings but he was doing well and very thankful that everyone was alive and safe.


travis dewitz pines portrait suit thumb web PhotographTravis Dewitz is a remarkable photographer in the Chippewa Valley. He is well known for photographing local sceneries, landmarks, venues, buildings and people in various and ingenious ways. Though you not know him personally, his work provides a unique foundation of our local community and his photographs are unmistakable. Dewitz’s pictures are an impressive feat and preserve a moment; long after our travels are over, and our memories faded, photos are what remind us of the adventures we had and the connections to the people we met. Learn more about him here.


Travis Dewitz

I. Love. Photography. I love it. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I constantly yearn to show life in a way that hasn’t been seen before, to bring images to people in a fresh and innovative way. My favorite focus in photography, my specialty I guess you would say, is Railroad Photography & Art. Something about the rumbling of these great, big, beautiful machines. The way they shake the earth beneath you as they rumble by, how they invade your chest and you can feel the rumble inside you. The plumes of heat on a hot day represented in a heat wave. Snaking through a western valley, void of trees or any other distracting element. Just the train, by itself, in it’s own inexplicable beauty and power. From the time I was a child, they have captured my imagination. I’ve recently gotten into portraiture a bit, and I want to bring some of my experiences with trains to that arena. To capture the power of a person, the sadness, loneliness, omniscience, pride, love, & carefree spirit in a way that hasn’t been done before. I want people to look at themselves in a photograph I have taken, and see a side of themselves that they think no one else has ever seen. Dewitz Photography is all about capturing a moment in a way that has never been seen before, capturing a beauty that some never knew was even there.

Comments (5)

  1. Herb Ruscin

    Hard to look at images, and even though I was there some shots I don’t remember. Good photography but very emotional.

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