Thanks, everyone, for looking and commenting. It was definitely a moment of pure luck that allowed me to get these shots. Had I been in a clearer mind I would have shot video of it instead. As it was, I did get a little video but not until the fire was out.
Charles Haacker wrote:
This is great photojournalism. Freelancers sell stuff like this to the local paper... wait. Well, they used to.
Sadly that is a thing of the past. Nowadays they don't pay anything but they do a very good campaign of eliciting viewer support by constantly asking people to submit news story ideas and photos and videos of newsworthy stuff. They even make it easy by having a dedicated section on their website for uploading content.
A small car fire in a Walmart parking lot, while interesting, is not spectacular news so I know I couldn't sell it. I did upload it though and it did get a mention on air so that was cool. I'll post a link if they end up posting it to their web site.