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Report of Shots Fired at NY Fire Scene; One Dead

There were reports of shots fired at a fire scene yesterday in New York state, a situation that hearkened back to the fatal shooting of two West Webster firefighters on Christmas Eve last year.

In this case, though, the shots were apparently ammunition set off by the heat of the fire, which occurred in a two-story house surrounded by woods in Shokan, according to the Times Herald Record (

A man in his late 40s reportedly set a fire that destroyed a barn before committing suicide. Because of the shots on scene and the apprehension of an “active shooter” on the property, firefighters and law enforcement personnel stayed back.

Fire extended from the structure to nearby trees and at one point threatened a large propane gas tank.

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For training articles on such issues, consider FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONSE TO “ACTIVE SHOOTER ” INCIDENTS, Response Priorities for Mass Violence Incidents, and Lone Wolf/Active Shooter : Attack on Texas Public Safety Building.