A fire that killed 19 firefighters in Arizona on Sunday is still burning out of control. This tragic case marked the deadliest day for firefighters since the 9/11 attacks.
Morgantown Fire Chief, Mark Caravasos said the tragedies in the Midwest are shocking, but mentioned they also serves as a time to reflect.
The fire that took the firefighters lives started burning on Friday night with a lightning strike, but then picked up momentum on Sunday. The fire is so intense that it proved to be too much for shelters, which the crews carried as a last-ditch survival tool.
The men who were killed were part of an elite squad trained to battle wildfires.
Caravasos told 5 News this tragic case shows just how dangerous their job can be. He said it sounds like the crews had great safety plans in place, but mentioned there are instances where things can simply go wrong.
"It reinforces the fact, and I think it's on our minds all of the time, safety first," he said. "We need to pay attention to our surroundings and what's going on around us because those situations can change."
A few crew members of the Morgantown Fire Department wore black bands around their badges on Monday as a sign of mourning.
Caravasos said he plans to reach out to the crews in Arizona to express his condolences.