YARNELL, Ariz. (CBS/AP) — An out-of-control blaze overtook an elite group of firefighters trained to battle the nation’s fiercest wildfires, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields.
It was the most firefighters killed battling a wildfire in the U.S. in decades.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens was in Worcester Monday where Deputy Chief John Sullivan says the news hit close to home for his department.
Sullivan was in the cold storage warehouse fire in 1999 that claimed the lives of six Worcester firefighters.
“It has a great impact to all of us here,” Sullivan said. “Every time it happens, it brings back memories of our night and the question ‘why?’ Fire is a very tricky business and firefighting is a dangerous calling and sometimes the situation just stacks up against you.”
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens’ extended interview with Sullivan