Firefighter taken to hospital after bee sting and allergic reaction

Posted at 6:21 PM, Feb 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 00:36:49-05

The Phoenix Fire Department says at least two people were stung, including a firefighter, after a swarm of hundreds of bees attacked near Cave Creek and Bell roads.

The incident happened Monday around 6 p.m. at the Speedway Collision store in the area.

According to Phoenix Fire officials, the firefighter was more than 100 feet away from the hive operating the pump panel on a fire truck when the bees started stinging. The firefighter got inside the truck and began suffering an allergic reaction, which included starting to pass out.

The firefighter is now in stable condition but was taken to the hospital for treatment, according to a fire department spokesperson.

The other person stung was John Henslee, the owner of Speedway Collision.

"I could just see a cloud of 'em," Henslee said. He was closing a gate when the bees attacked.

Henslee said he ran down the road and around the block to try to flee the bees, which chased him.

"I was killing 'em as fast as they were landing on me," he said.

Henslee did not have a serious reaction to the stings.

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