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3 killed in Cal Fire helicopter crash near firefight in Riverside County

Cabazon, Cali. – three California Firefighters were killed Sunday night when two California Fire Department helicopters collided while responding to a fire in Riverside County.

California Fire Department and Riverside County Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the building fire near Broadway and Esperanza streets. CabazonAccording to Cal Fire.

After arriving, the blaze spread into vegetation and a full-scale wildland fire response began, including the use of fixed-wing and rotary aircraft to extinguish the fire, Southern District Chief of California Fire Department David Fulcher said Monday. said at a press conference.

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Two responding California Fire Department helicopters collided around 6 p.m. PT Sunday. His three people aboard the first helicopter were able to land safely and no one was injured. A second helicopter, a Sikorsky S-64E, crashed near Pipeline Road and the Apache Trail, killing three people on board.

The accident expanded the property by four more acres. Forest fire it’s gone.

The name of the deceased firefighter has not been released. FOX 11 Los Angeles According to reports, they are purportedly California Fire Chiefs, California Fire Chiefs, and contract pilots.

“This was a tragic loss for our community: the Fire Commission, the California Fire Department, and the Riverside County Fire Department,” Fulcher said.

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FOX 11 reported that the firefighter’s body was escorted overnight from the crash site to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.

“We have lost three great people, three fathers, three husbands, three friends and three sons,” Fulcher said.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were at the scene of the accident on Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating the incident.

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