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    Firefighters from Ladder 8 known as the "Junction Boys" approach an arson fire that consumed three homes (two vacant, one occupied) along West Grand Boulevard in the southwest section of Detroit.

    Being a firefighter myself, the thing that struck me most about the Detroit professionals was their gear. To say it's broken in would be a vast understatement. Each and everyone of them looked as if they were wearing a charcoal suit and many looked as if this wasn't their first job of the day.

    They willingly and without hesitation put their lives on the line, searching all three structures for possible victims as the flames spread from one home to another. Eventually, the order was given to pull back and the tiller ladder went to work dousing the scene.

    *Another in the Detroit Series.

    necksercise, SmackNally, Esther17, and 22 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. SmackNally 37 months ago | reply

      duuuuuud....this is nuts.

      you weren't kidding about the best coming last.

    2. .tom troutman. 37 months ago | reply

      capturing the Apocalypse.

    3. Desolate Places 37 months ago | reply

      Tom - to many people in these neighborhoods it must seem close to that.

    4. stevenbley 37 months ago | reply

      this is great. Street photography at it's finest.

    5. Rick450D 37 months ago | reply

      Perfect. Great shot.

    6. F r a n Stone 37 months ago | reply

      thank you for your work.

    7. Spectral Convergence 37 months ago | reply

      Incredible depth and emotion here.

      Seen in Esther17's FF

    8. una banda de dos 37 months ago | reply

      Grazie! Ho visto la tua foto nel gruppo/Thanks! I saw your picture in the group PHOTOGRAPHY IS LIFE


    9. .insomniac 37 months ago | reply

      This is incredible

    10. gsbene 37 months ago | reply

      As a photojournalist myself, I've shot a number of fires, but none as masterfully as you have. I echo someone else's comment on one of your self-portraits: "I'd gladly carry your equipment bag to see things from your point of view." (not an exact quote; I paraphrase.)

    11. Maria Fernanda Kieltyka 36 months ago | reply

      Apesar de tudo, ficou belíssimo.

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