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2 Firefighters Are Dead. 2 Boys Now Face Charges

DA is angry that the juveniles cannot be tried as adults
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2020 11:45 AM CST

(Newser) – Two firefighters have been confirmed dead in a blaze that erupted Tuesday at a California public library, allegedly set by two 13-year-old boys. Now, controversy has emerged over the charges faced by the juveniles. Coverage:

  • The firefighters: Capt. Ray Figueroa, 35, and Patrick Jones, 25, both of the Porterville Fire Department, entered the burning building, located just 500 feet from the fire station, around 4:15pm to check that no one was still inside, reports the Los Angeles Times.
  • The mayday: "It was during the search that a mayday was initiated by the crew inside the fire," says Tulare County Fire Capt. Joanne Bear, per NBC News. Figueroa was pulled out of the building and later pronounced dead at a hospital. Jones' body was not recovered until after the blaze was contained early Wednesday.

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