The Prescott fire chief said his organisation and city were in grief after 19 firefighters from his department died in the wildfire blaze.
We're an organisation and a city that's in grief. We grieve for the families, we grieve for the department and we grieve for the city.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said the tragedy was "as dark a day" as she could remember.
This is as dark a day as I can remember. It may be days or longer before an investigation reveals how this tragedy occurred, but the essence we already know in our hearts: fighting fires is dangerous work.
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