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The conversation turned back to fires then, and Ringham said that the spread of smoke detectors had nearly eliminated the photogenic blazes of days gone by. Lenahan agreed. "You very seldom see a good fire anymore," he said. "The fire department is so much more efficient. Communications are so much better. Before it was common, it was nothing to see a building really ablaze. You don't see that hardly at all anymore, and the second they get there and hit it with a line, it's gone. Unless it's set, like that last good one the Korean businessman was supposed to have set, which killed the three firemen."
From 1988: John Conroy on veteran news photographers Bob Ringham and Jack Lenahan.