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Two firefighters shot dead while responding to blaze at suburban home

Published 24/12/2012 | 16:59

The scene of the fire in Webster, New York
A fire burns on Lake Road after a suspect shot four firefighters responding to the blaze in Webster, New York, December 24, 2012. At least two upstate New York firefighters were shot and killed and two wounded on Monday at the scene of an early morning house fire in a suburb of Rochester, according to local news reports. REUTERS/WHEC/Christine VanTimmeren/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

At least two New York firefighters were shot and killed today at the scene of an early-morning house fire in the upstate suburb of Rochester

Two others were wounded. They were shot by a gunman as they responded to the scene of several house fires in Webster, New York,

Local law enforcement officials are now evacuating and searching homes near the site but have not yet turned up any suspects.

The deaths come just days after the shooting of 26 people, including school children aged just six, at Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

Rob Boutillier, fire marshal in the town of Webster, said the authorities believe the firefighters were shot shortly after getting out of their vehicles.


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