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On this day in 1975, Stanley Forman, a photographer for the Boston Herald, had just finished shooting a fire assignment and was about to head home for the day when he caught a radio alert about another fire and raced to the scene.

Forman checked the settings on his two 35mm cameras, which were equipped with a telephoto lens and a wide angle lens, and watched as a fireman climbed onto a fire escape to comfort a screaming woman and child and help them onto a ladder.

“Suddenly someone screamed, or maybe it was the shriek of the metal as the fire escape gave way,” said Forman. “I was seeing everything through my camera finder and I was shooting.”