Arizona firefighters' families sue over deaths - KMSP-TV

Arizona firefighters' families sue over deaths

Posted: Updated:
  • Wildfire SeasonMore>>

  • 2 Arizona firefighters injured at Washington wildfire

    2 Arizona firefighters injured at Wash. wildfire

    A spokeswoman for a wildfire burning in central Washington says two firefighters from the Arizona-based Navajo Hotshots crew were injured when a large log rolled down a steep slope and hit them.
    A spokeswoman for a wildfire burning in central Washington says two firefighters from the Arizona-based Navajo Hotshots crew were injured when a large log rolled down a steep slope and hit them.
  • Valley Red Cross volunteers help with Washington wildfire relief

    Valley Red Cross volunteers help with Washington wildfire relief

    As several wildfires continue to burn across Washington and the state is calling in reinforcements.
    As several wildfires continue to burn across Washington and the state is calling in reinforcements.
  • Peoria firefighters head to California

    Peoria firefighters head to California

    More manpower was needed to fight the fast-growing Sand Fire in northern California and re-reinforcements from neighboring states were called in.So, firefighters in Peoria loaded up and headed to California on July 27
    More manpower was needed to fight the fast-growing Sand Fire in northern California and re-reinforcements from neighboring states were called in.So, firefighters in Peoria loaded up and headed to California on July 27
By FELICIA FONSECA
Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The families of a dozen Granite Mountain Hotshots are accusing public agencies of negligence in the handling of an Arizona wildfire.

A wrongful death lawsuit filed this week seeks a financial payout for funeral costs, pain and suffering, and lost income. It also seeks a definitive answer on what went wrong during last year's Yarnell Hill Fire.

The families had notified the state, Yavapai County and the Central Yavapai Fire District of a possible lawsuit. They had offered to settle for more than $220 million and for changes to ensure firefighters' safety.

The lawsuit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court has no estimate on damages.

The defendants either declined comment Thursday or did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Property owners in Yarnell sued the state earlier this week.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices