3 Safford fire officials taken to hospital along with child stung 200+ times by bees

Posted at 8:54 PM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 10:08:12-05

A bee attack in the Safford area has sent several fire officials, including the fire chief, and an 11-year-old child to the hospital.

The incident happened Monday evening in Safford near Graham Canal Road and 8th Avenue in a desert area behind a group of houses.

The Graham County Sheriff's Office says the boy was in a gully near a group of abandoned cars when he was attacked and stung over 200 times.

Officials say at least two deputies and the Safford Fire chief were also stung and had to be taken to the hospital along with the child. One of the deputies was believed to be stung at least 100 times. 

Several others were also stung but were treated at the scene.

At least one of the deputies has been released from the hospital. The conditions of the chief, the second deputy and the child are unknown at this time.

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