Burns, breathing issues killed 19 firefighters In memorial

By FELICIA FONSECA and AMANDA LEE MYERS Modified: July 4, 2013 at 11:10 pm •  Published: July 5, 2013

ARIZONAPrescott — The 19 firefighters killed over the weekend in an Arizona blaze died of burns and inhalation problems, according to initial autopsy findings released Thursday. Cari Gerchick, a spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office in Phoenix, said the Hotshots died from burns, carbon monoxide poisoning or oxygen deprivation, or a combination of the factors. “Our work is not done,” Gerchick told The Associated Press. “But what we are glad about is that we can release these fallen heroes to their families for burial, and that grieving process can continue.” The Prescott-based Hotshots’ bodies will be taken back to the hilltop community in a 75-mile procession from Phoenix on Sunday.

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