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Firefighters move away from the Yarnell Hill Fire, near the town of Yarnell, Arizona, about 80 miles (128 km) northwest of Phoenix in this June 30, 2013 handout photo. Nineteen firefighters were killed battling a fast-moving wildfire menacing a small town in central Arizona, the U.S. Wildland Fire Aviation service said on Sunday. REUTERS/Arizona State Forestry Division

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19 firefighters killed battling Arizona blaze

An elite team of 19 firemen were killed on Sunday in one of deadliest U.S. firefighting disasters in decades as flames raced through dry brush and grass in central Arizona, destroying scores of homes and forcing the evacuation of two towns.

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