The tragedy occurred on Sunday near the town of Yarnell, which is 85 miles northwest of Phoenix. The fire, which was believed to have been started by a lightning strike, had consumed more than 8,300 acres and has destroyed about 200 homes, according to reports.
It's also being reported as the worst loss of life for firefighters since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when 343 died at the World Trade Center in New York.
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