This particular article came a bit out of nowhere, but to be honest that’s part of the joy of working on a newspaper. News can come from anywhere and everywhere at all times of the day.
Yesterday, there was smoke coming from the center divide of the CA-57 freeway on the bridge overpass above Nutwood Avenue. Nutwood Avenue, for those that don’t know, is one of the streets running alongside Cal State Fullerton, and that particular bridge is very close to the school. So close, it’s actually where the on-ramp is that I use to start my drive home everyday.
Multiple different groups came together to help investigate the fire and re-route traffic around both the segment of the freeway and the bridge underneath, including the Fullerton Police Department, Fullerton Fire Department, CSUF Campus Police and California Highway Patrol.
The whole area was pretty much closed off and had heavy traffic concerns until sometime after 10 P.M., when I checked it last alongside our Managing Editor Brandon Ross, who helped me do a lot of the reporting since everything happened so late last night. The first reports of the smoke came in around 6:01 P.M. according to a Fullerton Fire Department dispatch supervisor, so it really was last minute breaking news.
When the story was done and sent to the printer, the investigation was still underway to find the source of the fire and smoke.
Really, besides the fact that it was a good bonding experience for Brandon and I, writing up this article was fun just in the thrill of doing breaking news. As an editor for the paper, I don’t have nearly as much time to actually write for our publication, since most of my time is spent editing stories, putting pages together and helping my writers. Getting the chance to do some hard news on a tight deadline, especially for a story where I was able to get a lot of sources in a short amount of time, felt pretty amazing.
Helped me prove that I’m not just hanging around the newsroom by the merit of my good looks, at the very least.
If you want to see the story in its entirety, you can see it here. You can also check out my whole archive of work for the Daily Titan through the link over on the right!