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(CNN) -- Eighteen firefighters battling a blaze in Arizona who were unaccounted for Sunday night have been confirmed dead, said Wade Ward with the Prescott Fire Department.
All were members of that city's fire department. It was not immediately clear how they died.
Earlier, an official with the Arizona State Forestry Division had said that as many as 19 were still missing.
The crew was fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, which broke out Friday northwest of Phoenix. The fire has grown to 1,000 acres, damaged three homes and forced the evacuations of residents in the communities of Peeples and Yarnell, forestry official Art Morrison said.

Total 19 deceased. Very sad. RIP

I used to go to church camp in Prescott when I lived in Arizona. Beautiful area. What a terrible tragedy.

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RIP and greatest respect for the sacrifice of the men and the families left behind.

Those men were the SWAT team of their profession, sad loss
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If God only calls home the best of us, then in the case of the Yarnell 19 I'd like to imagine it was to curb Hell's relentless advance. Right about now I hope the Devil is sweating knowing that 19 battle-hardened troops just arrived on the front. RIP 19.

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Horrible, just horrible. RIP gentlemen.
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