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On June 18, 2007, nine career fire fighters died when they became disoriented and ran out of air in rapidly deteriorating conditions inside a burning commercial furniture showroom and warehouse facility.
The helicopter that crashed was one of two the agency deployed to help fight the fire near Townsend, which has burned 7 square miles and destroyed a house, a cabin and 6 outbuildings.
Longtime firefighter Christopher Yock, 58, died after responding to a fire involving six cars at an airport parking garage.
A Washington County firefighter who was handling traffic control by the site of a tractor-trailer fire last Tuesday was hit by a pickup truck passing through the scene.