July 1st, 2013
07:23 AM ET

Arizona Wildfire Claims Most Firefighter Lives Since 9/11

19 Arizona firefighters died battling a wildfire north of Phoenix on Sunday. They were killed while digging a fire line around the Yarnell Hill fire, which has burned through at least 6,000 acres and over 100 structures since Friday.

Officials believe it may have been started by lightning and began moving at a ferocious pace on Sunday

Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin opens up about the “terrible accident:"

“This is a very close-knit community. You know them or you know somebody who knows them,” he says. “The police officer that drove me to Yarnell earlier today, leaned over to tell me that he had just gotten a call that his friend who was in the fire was killed. So nobody here in this community will go untouched by this.”

This group of firefighters were a part of special operations crew at the Prescott Fire Department called the "Hot Shots."

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