Forestry officials in Arizona say 19 firefighters have died while fighting a massive fire that has ripped through half of the town of Yarnell Hill, reports the Arizona Republic.
"It's a dark day," said Mike Reichling, Arizona State Forestry Division spokesman.
Reichling said the 19 firefighters were found in area that also had 19 fire shelters deployed. Some of those found were inside a shelter. Some where not.
Reichling expects about half of the town's 500 homes to be decimated by the fire that is currently burning with zero containment and has grown well past 2,000 acres.
About 200 firefighters are fighting the wildfire, which has also forced the closure of parts of state Route 89.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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