Natural Disasters

Biden to Attend Firefighters Memorial in Arizona

19 killed battling blaze

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Vice President Biden will travel to Arizona on Tuesday to attend a memorial for 19 firefighters killed while battling a wildfire in central Arizona.

The White House confirmed Biden's trip on Friday.

The firefighters, part of the special Granite Mountain Hotshots unit, died while battling a forest fire in Yarnell, Ariz., near Phoenix. The firefighters died on Sunday. The fire is being called the deadliest since the fires at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.