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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.

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Taken on March 20, 2010