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Firefighter, 3 others hurt after being stung by swarm of bees in Scottsdale

Scottsdale firefighters said three other people were also stung near Scottsdale and Pinnacle Peak roads and are being treated by medical teams.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A firefighter was transported to the hospital after being stung by bees at an apartment complex in north Scottsdale, according to the Scottsdale Fire Department.

When crews arrived at the San Portales at Silverstone complex near Scottsdale and Pinnacle Peak roads, Scottsdale firefighters found an active swarm of bees attacking three bystanders. 

Fire crews put on bee hoods and protective gear and assisted the three patients to a safe area, where Scottsdale paramedics began treating the patients.

Authorities said a Phoenix firefighter was stung, and was transported to the hospital for evaluation. Officials said the other three victims are stable and expected to be OK.

A pest control company was called in to remove the bee hive which was located at an arch at the front entrance. 

Bee safety: 

Seek immediate medical attention if:

  • Breathing is difficult,
  • Stung many times,
  • Allergic to bee stings.

What to do while being stung:

  • Get away from bees as quickly as you can.
  • Protect your face and eyes as much as possible.

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