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Updated Dec 18, 2013 - 11:24 am

Compensation claims pile up in deadly Yarnell Hill fire

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Compensation claims against the state, Yavapai County
and the city of Prescott in connection with the deadly Yarnell Hill fire last
summer continue to pile up.

According to the Daily Courier, eight additional
claims filed Tuesday on behalf on property owners in Yarnell, the rural
community where more than 100 homes were destroyed.

The claims are precursors to possible lawsuits, and a law firm has filed 23 claims on behalf of Yarnell property owners. Six claims were filed Monday for more than $33 million.

The latest claims seek $40.5 million. The previous claims by property owners
asked for a total of $59 million.

There’s also a claim by the mother of a firefighter who perished when his
Prescott crew was overtaken by the fire. That claims seeks $48 million.

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