Local Firefighters React to Tragedy

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KIMT News 3 — A wildfire out west has claimed the lives of 19 firefighters.

It happened yesterday in Arizona when a fast-moving wildfire trapped them.

The fires were sparked by lightning and helped to spread by record heat and high winds

Locally, firefighters tell us it’s a tragic reminder of how dangerous these situations can become.

“You think about the fact that could have been anyone of us I know that does this kind of thing,” Captain Mark Light of the Albert Lea Fire Department said. “Things can change that quickly and that’s how fast things like that can happen.”

The deaths over the weekend mark the greatest loss of life among firefighters from a single U.S. wildfire in 80 years.

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