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Granite Mountain Hotshots Crew Member, Eric Marsh, Killed In AZ; Went To App State

7:53 AM, Jul 2, 2013   |    comments
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Yarnell, AZ -- One of the 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona was from Ashe County, North Carolina.

Eric Marsh, the superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, was a graduate of Ashe County high school and Appalachian State University.

Marsh's father told WBTV Eric enjoyed his job and he moved to Arizona eight years ago to help organize the unit.

Eric was married, but has no children. He was involved with firefighting since right after high school.

READ: Who Were The Granite Mountain Hot Shots? 

The wildfire that took the lives of Marsh and his 18 team members, began near Yarnell, AZ., just southwest of Prescott.

The bodies of 19 members who died have been retrieved from the mountain.

Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo now says all 19 were from the Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots. Authorities earlier said one of the men wasn't a crew member.

One man who belonged to the 20-person team survived because he was moving the crew's truck.

The crew was found late Sunday afternoon with their emergency fire shelters deployed. They'd been battling a blaze moving toward Yarnell, a small town about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.

The fire made it into Yarnell and destroyed an unknown number of homes and businesses. It has burned more than 13 square miles. 

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