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Firefighters Come Under Fire in FL, OK Incidents

Firefighters have been shot at during two separate and unrelated recent incidents in Florida and Oklahoma, according to news reports.

On Friday, April 17, firefighters came under fire while trying to extinguish at fire at Optima Lake in Texas County, Oklahoma, .

多多在线观看免费视频 that a suspect was arrested in the case. The person allegedly set several fires in the Optima Wildlife Management Area and then shot at responding firefighters with a semi-automatic rifle. No firefighters were injured in the incident.

Then on Monday in Osceola County, Florida, firefighters responding to a house fire came under fire from a man apparently barricaded in the burning home, .

As firefighters began extinguishing the fire, gunfire erupted from inside the house and struck a fire apparatus, the report said. No firefighters were injured, however a man was found dead inside the home.

The attacks on firefighters come in the same time frame as a devastating mass shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada, left at least 22 people dead. The suspect in that attack reportedly was disguised as a police officer and shot at people inside their homes and set fires.

Firefighters are not strangers to facing violence when trying to save lives and property. In one of the most egregious cases in recent memory, two West Webster (NY) firefighters,   and , were murdered while responding to a fire on Christmas Eve in 2012. And in 2018, veteran  was slain and another firefighter was injured in  at a retirement home.

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