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18 firefighters dead in Arizona

Posted by on Jun. 30, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/30/us/arizona-missing-firefighters/

Official: 18 firefighters dead in Arizona


By Janet DiGiacomo, CNN

(CNN) - Eighteen firefighters battling a blaze in Arizona who were unaccounted for Sunday night have been confirmed dead, said Wade Ward with the Prescott Fire Department.

All were members of that city's fire department. It was not immediately clear how they died.

Earlier, an official with the Arizona State Forestry Division had said that as many as 19 were still missing.

The crew was fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, which broke out Friday northwest of Phoenix. The fire has grown to 1,000 acres, damaged three homes and forced the evacuations of residents in the communities of Peeples Valley and Yarnell, forestry official Art Morrison said.

The blaze is believed to have been started by lightning.

Not including the 18 deaths reported in Arizona, there have been 43 firefighter fatalities reported so far in 2013, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. A total of 83 firefighters died last year while on duty.

A Facebook page in memory of the Arizona firefighters was created Sunday night.

People left their condolences and messages of support.

"Such a tragic loss. My heart aches for these brave souls, and for their families and friends," wrote one.

"I pray for the families and the town of Prescott. RIP," wrote another.
by on Jun. 30, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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TCgirlatheart
by TC on Jun. 30, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Terrible.  My heart goes out to their friends and families.   

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weezer_cookie
by Bronze Member on Jun. 30, 2013 at 11:35 PM
I guess it is up to 19 now. Just terrible :(
acrogodess
by Silver Member on Jun. 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Omg. That is just awful.
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babie113
by Silver Member on Jun. 30, 2013 at 11:39 PM

:( thats so sad :( r.i.p

sillytime
by Bronze Member on Jun. 30, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Thank you all for your bravery and sacrifices! Hugs and love to the families of the lost :(
fireangel5
by Gold Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Absolutely heartbreaking

jllcali
by Jane on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:32 AM
That is heartbreaking.


I wonder what happened that 18 died in a fire that size.
jllcali
by Jane on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:33 AM
That is heartbreaking.


I wonder what happened that 18 died in a fire that size.
BuckeyezRule
by Bronze Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM

How awful! I'm scared for the 4th and 24th of July here. Tons of fireworks, aerial one. We've been so dry here. I'm in Utah. I imagine Arizona is as well. So sad. :(

Allebas
by Bronze Member on Jul. 1, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Wow!! That is so sad and heart-breaking for the families who've lost their loved ones to this fire! God Bless each one of those brave firefighters. God Bless and comfort their families left behind. May those heroes RIP.  :(

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