Top firefighting photos of 2012

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    Firefighters from North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue and the Jersey City Fire Department battle a large blaze at a multi-family building in early Dec. The flames were so strong they could be seen from miles away. (AP Photo/Joe Epstein)

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    Firefighters and other responders are still struggling with the aftermath of the Dec. Conn. school shooting that left 26 people dead, including 20 children. In-depth coverage (AP Photo/David G)

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    Dyrk Burcie, the 4-year-old son of a Dallas firefighter inspired videos and photos worldwide while he battled the disease. Dyrk peacefully passed away at his home in Sept. Full story (Photo courtesy of Dameon Burcie)

    AP Photo/Sunday Aghaeze
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    Firefighters in this photo dig through the rubble of a collapsed Fla. parking garage in Oct.looking for survivors. Four people were killed. Full story (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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    Firefighters work at the scene of a house fire in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy in Oct. Four homes were destroyed in the blaze. Full story (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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    Two people were killed and 80 others were injured when dense fog caused 140 vehicles to crash on a Southeast Texas highway in Nov., firefighters and other responders pulling people from the wreckage. Full story (Image YouTube)

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    Water is dropped from a LAFD helicopter in an effort to contain a 3,6000 acre blaze consuming the Angeles National Forest in Sept. High temperatures and rugged terrain made it difficult for firefighters to battle the wildfire.. Full story (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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    The first section of the 408-foot spire to crown One World Trade Center is hoisted to by a crane to the top of the structure in Dec. Once building is complete in 2013 it will be 1776 feet. Full story (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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    A LAFD firefighter fights a Dec. blaze in West Hollywood, Calif. after an arsonist torched a car, igniting more than a dozen blazes sending crews scrambling to contain them. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)

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    An Australian filmmaker was scouting for shooting location in Sept. when he came face to face with a 100-foot high fire whirl. The filmmaker, Chris Tangey, said it sounded like a fighter jet. Full story (Image Chris Tangey)

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