Deadly bee attack in Arizona kills man, 100-pound hive removed

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A bee swarm in Arizona left one man dead and several others injured in Arizona on Thursday.

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Fire crews responded to a call about a bee swarm in Marana, Ariz., northwest of Tucson, where six people had been stung multiple times, according to fire officials.

Three people were stung “hundreds of times” and rushed to hospital, according to officials.

One of the victims, an unidentified man, was later pronounced dead.

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Three firefighters who responded to the call were also stung “multiple times,” officials said.

One firefighter was believed to have been stung about 60 times. He was taken to hospital to be checked out but has since been released.

The other two firefighters did not require medical treatment.

“A large open hive, estimated around 100 lbs., was located in a tree nearby,” said officials.

It was not clear the state of the beehive before the attack, or if any of the victims had disturbed it.

Marana Police said handlers have killed most of the bees and removed the hive, but warned local residents to be on high alert.

“Although the area is much safer, there are still some lingering bees,” police said in a statement.

“Please continue to use caution while in the area. Several people were injured and one person has passed away due to their injuries.”

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