Arizona fire chief called tent shelters a ‘last-ditch effort’

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Arizona fire chief called tent shelters a ‘last-ditch effort’

Rhonda Chambers stands at a makeshift memorial with her daughter Ruby Chambers, 6, on Monday outside a fire station that housed the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot crew in Prescott, Ariz. An out-of-control blaze overtook the elite group of firefighters, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. Sunday afternoon’s tragedy all but wiped out the 20-member crew, leaving the city’s fire department reeling.
A couple embraces during a memorial service Monday in Prescott, Ariz., honoring the 19 firefighters killed Sunday while battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz. The elite crew of firefighters was overtaken by the out-of-control blaze.
Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew

PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew, based in Prescott, Ariz., were killed Sunday when a windblown wildfire overcame them north of Phoenix. It was the deadliest single day for U.S. firefighters since Sept. 11. Fourteen of the victims were in their 20s. Here are the names of those who died:
Andrew Ashcraft, 29; Robert Caldwell, 23; Travis Carter, 31; Dustin Deford, 24; Chris Mac-Kenzie, 30; Eric Marsh, 43; Sean Misner, 26; Scott Norris, 28; Wade Parker, 22; John Percin Jr., 24; Anthony Rose, 23; Jesse Steed, 36; Travis Turbyfill, 27; Billy Warneke, 25; Clayton Whitted, 28; Kevin Woyjeck, 21; Grant McKee, 21; Joe Thurston, 32; Garret Zuppiger, 27.

Arizona fire chief called tent shelters a ‘last-ditch effort’

Rhonda Chambers stands at a makeshift memorial with her daughter Ruby Chambers, 6, on Monday outside a fire station that housed the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot crew in Prescott, Ariz. An out-of-control blaze overtook the elite group of firefighters, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. Sunday afternoon’s tragedy all but wiped out the 20-member crew, leaving the city’s fire department reeling.
A couple embraces during a memorial service Monday in Prescott, Ariz., honoring the 19 firefighters killed Sunday while battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz. The elite crew of firefighters was overtaken by the out-of-control blaze.
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