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July 3, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
PRESCOTT, Ariz. - They were simple yet personalized images of grief - shovels, crosses and toy firetrucks - assembled on a chain-link fence that served as the canvas for a town's collective sorrow over its lost crew of firefighters. Many of the memorials came in groups of 19, a grim flourish to symbolize the 19 members of the Granite Mountain hotshots who died Sunday fighting a wildland fire that doubled back on them, consuming them as they scrambled to don a last-ditch layer of protective gear.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Hundreds of Los Angeles-area firefighters will be in Prescott, Ariz., on Tuesday to attend a memorial service in honor of the 19 Granite Mountain hotshots who perished battling a fast-moving wildfire. About 200 firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department will leave in buses early Tuesday to attend the service. They will be joining 100 county firefighters already in Prescott, the department said Monday. The Los Angeles Fire Department is sending a fire engine and Suburban for the memorial service, an agency spokesman said.
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May 31, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Devin Kelly
Four firefighters were killed in a five-alarm fire that broke out at a Houston restaurant Friday, officials said.     The blaze started at Bhojan Restaurant off U.S. 59 and spread to the nearby Southwest Inn, said Jessica Michan, a spokeswoman for Mayor Annise Parker. Five other firefighters were injured and have been transported to hospitals. Two are in critical condition, Michan said.  It took firefighters two hours to extinguish the flames, which were shooting from the roof of the motel, the Associated Press reported.  Jeff Caynon, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, told the   Houston Chronicle  it appears a roof came down during the efforts to fight the blaze.  "The roof collapsed," Canyon said, adding that he did not know whether the deaths occured inside or outside the structure.
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July 9, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. -- The family, friends and firefighters from throughout the country are gathering at a city arena Tuesday morning to honor the memory of 19 elite firefighters killed combating the Yarnell fire more than a week ago. Vice President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who is also the former Arizona governor, are expected to attend. It is a community filled with marks of grief: Nineteen American flags are posted on street corners along with 19 white crosses shrouded in purple fabric.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
San Francisco firefighters continued mop-up operations Wednesday after a massive fire tore through a $227-million apartment complex under construction in the Mission Bay area. Gusty winds in the area kept firefighters busy as they try to prevent hot spots from breaking out, according to KGO-AM (810) radio. About a dozen people evacuated from nearby homes were unable to return, the station said, and the Red Cross was assisting them. PHOTOS: San Francisco high rise fire The blaze broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at 4th Street between China Basin and Mission Rock near AT&T Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2010 | By Larry Gordon
A six-hour-old baby girl was nicknamed "Noel" by Los Angeles firefighters after she was handed to them by her mother on Christmas Eve. The baby's mother brought the child to Los Angeles Fire Department Station 46 near the Coliseum about 3 p.m. Friday under a state law that allows new mothers to relinquish babies without facing abandonment charges, according to department spokesman Erik Scott. The baby and mother were examined at the station and found to be in good health, he said.
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January 18, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Irfan Khan
The Colby fire burning near Glendora and Azusa has grown to more than 1,800 acres but firefighters were hopeful that winds would remain calm Saturday as humidity levels rise, slowing the fire and allowing some evacuated residents to return home. “It depends a lot on Mother Nature,” said Capt. Roland Sprewell, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “We are working diligently. But we are challenged by the steep terrain. The fire crews are in billy-goat country, basically.” The fire remained 30% contained early Saturday, Sprewell said.
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April 10, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A man who took five Atlanta-area firefighters hostage Wednesday was dead hours later after trading fire with a SWAT team that entered the home where the firefighters were being held, officials said. One SWAT officer was shot in the arm or hand and was expected to survive, officials said. Four firefighters had superficial injuries from an unidentified SWAT explosive used to enter the home but were expected to go home Wednesday night after treatment, Gwinnett County police spokesman E.J. Ritter told reporters.  The fifth firefighter had been released earlier, unharmed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco firefighters were able to prevent a massive fire at a condominium construction site near AT&T Park from spreading to other properties, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. As of 9 p.m., scores of firefighters continued to contain the flames and began mop-up operations. No injuries were reported and no cause has been identified. Hayes-White said 140 firefighters were spraying nearby buildings to prevent the blaze from burning other structures.
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April 10, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Five Atlanta-area firefighters were taken hostage after a medical call Wednesday, and a standoff with a gunman was ongoing. Four firefighters remained captive in the Suwanee home by evening. One had been released to move a truck that was outside the house, officials said. A SWAT team surrounded the house as negotiations continued. WSB-TV reported that the home was in foreclosure by Freddie Mac. The gunman had "multiple handguns, multiple rifles," according to emergency scanner audio captured from local officials and posted online . "We are in a situation where we have an armed person, and he is requesting certain utilities to be turned back on at his house, and he is armed, and we are in the room with him," said one speaker in the scanner audio -- apparently one of the firefighters in the home.
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