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An elite crew of firefighters trained to battle the nation's fiercest wildfires was overtaken by an out-of-control blaze in Arizona, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields.
It was the most firefighters killed battling a wildfire in the U.S. in decades.
The lightning-sparked fire, which spread to at least 2,000 acres amid triple-digit temperatures, also destroyed 200 homes and sent hundreds fleeing from Yarnell, a town of about 700 residents about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix. Residents huddled in shelters and bars, watching their homes burn on TV as flames lit up the night sky in the forest above the town.
The disaster Sunday afternoon all but wiped out the 20-member Hotshot fire crew based in nearby Prescott, leaving the city's fire department reeling....
Praying for friends and family members of these brave fire fighters that lost their lives trying to save others. That God wil give you strenght and comfort as you go through this time of grief and suffering.
Boy, oh boy...how tragic. I prayed for the families last night, but what do you really pray for? That God will make something good happen out of this? Like maybe someone will be brought so low emotionally that they will come to Christ?