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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.
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.
October 31, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Firefighters in the kitchen? What's not to love? Tuesday night's "Sound the Alarm" episode on Food Network's "Chopped" was quite a feast for the eyes -- and I'm not talking about the food. The episode, which originally aired in March, is an all-time favorite. Instead of the usual lineup of eager chefs fighting for bragging rights, four male New York City firefighters stepped up to the chopping block. Hunks Paul Rut, Dan Gardner, Walter Lewis and Robert Painter dressed in their engine company shirts for the challenge.
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.
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.
March 28, 2014 | By Jason Wells, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Anaheim firefighters were dispatched to Disneyland on Friday after six people reportedly complained of an odor and being sick. The Anaheim Fire Department tweeted around 1:30 p.m. that firefighters were at the scene, but said it was not being treated as a hazardous materials spill. "Complaint of an odor. We're investigating. More to follow," the tweet said. It was not known if the incident was ride- or food-related, Anaheim Police Lt. Tim Schmidt told KTLA-TV. Disneyland had not provided information to police, Schmidt added.
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.
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.
January 14, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Dry weather and Santa Ana winds created havoc for firefighters across California on Tuesday as small brush fires broke out from the Bay Area to the Inland Empire. In Riverside County, more than 100 firefighters battled a blaze in the Jurupa Valley that destroyed four homes, 11 outbuildings and damaged dozens of vehicles, fire officials said. Gusts in excess of 20 mph were reported. An elementary school and homes near Mission Boulevard were evacuated, the Riverside County Fire Department said.
July 1, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and Cindy Carcamo
THIRTY MILES OUTSIDE PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Dan Fraijo doesn't know precisely when his men left Prescott, nor what happened to them. But he knows they're not coming back. Nineteen firefighters with the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew -- an elite wildland firefighting unit sponsored by the Prescott Fire Department and its chief, Fraijo -- died near Yarnell, Ariz., on Sunday in the worst wildland firefighting loss in the U.S. since 1933. "Emotionally? We're devastated," Fraijo said at a news conference late Sunday.
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