FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The families of 12 firefighters killed in an Arizona blaze have filed financial claims accusing public agencies of negligence and recklessness.
The claims filed Thursday seek more than $220 million from four public agencies. The mother of a Granite Mountain Hotshot and more than 30 Yarnell property owners also are pursing financial settlements.
Nineteen firefighters died June 30 when winds shifted on the Yarnell Hill Fire. More than 100 homes in Yarnell, northwest of Phoenix, were destroyed.
An attorney for the Central Yavapai Fire District says the agency doesn't believe there's a basis for similar claims. The city of Prescott has said it's not liable for the deaths or property loss.
The Yavapai County Attorney's Office did not immediately respond to a message Thursday. A spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer declined comment.
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