Arizona probe places blame in firefighter deaths

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Dan Parker, right, the father of Wade Parker, who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, receives a hug following an Industrial Commission of Arizona hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. The commission approved a nearly $560,000 fine on Wednesday against the state Forestry Division in the deaths of 19 firefighters after the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health agency found that officials put protection of property ahead of safety and should have pulled out crews earlier. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

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An Arizona commission that oversees workplace safety blamed the state's Forestry Division on Wednesday for the June deaths of 19 firefighters, saying state fire officials knowingly put protection of property ahead of safety and should have pulled crews out earlier.

The ruling by the state Industrial Commission came after its investigative agency, the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health, released its findings and recommended citations and financial penalties. The commission levied a $559,000 fine. (AP)

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