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Firefighters take on a major building fire in Brooklyn

These images bring home the epic, and at least to me - terrifying - nature of what a day on the job is like for firefighters. The last image especially gives a sense of the hand-to-hand combat firefighters take against this elemental force. From the images I have seen from photographer Lucas Jackson so far, there don't seem to be any human casualties of the fire, but we will of course keep you updated as the situation develops.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

A firefighter from the Fire Deparment of New York climbs a ladder to move away from a flaming window at a house fire in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Feb. 7.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York work to extinguish a major fire in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Feb. 7. The fire consumed a two story building and part of a neighbouring building, according to the FDNY.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) work to cut through the roof of a building, while fighting a major fire in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Feb. 7.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

A firefighter from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) works to cut through the roof of a building, while fighting a major fire in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Feb. 7.