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A brewing storm: How fire turned tragic for 19 men

A brewing storm: How fire turned tragic for 19 men

YARNELL — Juliann Ashcraft had just put the kids down for a nap when her cellphone buzzed. It was a text from Andrew, her husband of seven years and, still, her best friend. "This is my lunch spot," he wrote beneath a photo of hard-hatted firefighters sitting on boulders, watching smoke rise on the horizon. "too bad lunch was an MRE," the text concluded. It was 2:16 p.m. on June 30.

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Portable shelters couldn’t save 19 firefighters

Portable shelters couldn’t save 19 firefighters

PRESCOTT — In a heartbreaking sight, a long line of vans from a coroner's office carried the bodies of 19 elite firefighters out of the tiny mountain town of Yarnell on Monday, as the wind-driven wildfire that claimed the men's lives burned out of control. About 200 more firefighters arrived to the scorching mountains, doubling the number of firefighters battling the blaze, ignited by lightning.

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Arizona ‘Hotshots’ lived the meaning of the word

Arizona ‘Hotshots’ lived the meaning of the word

PRESCOTT — They were fathers and expectant fathers. High school football players and former Marines. Smoke-eaters' sons and first-generation firefighters. What bound the members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots together was a "love of hard work and arduous adventure," and a willingness to risk their lives to protect others. And now, 19 families share a bond of grief.

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Hotshots killed in Ariz. fire remembered, mourned

Hotshots killed in Ariz. fire remembered, mourned

PRESCOTT — Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, 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 stories of those who died:

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Hotshots killed in Yarnell Fire remembered, mourned

Hotshots killed in Yarnell Fire remembered, mourned

Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, based in Prescott, Ariz., were killed Sunday evening 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 stories of some of those who died:

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