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  • A procession carrying the bodies of the firefighters who died Sunday fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire heads down Grand Ave. toward the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's office on Monday, July 1, 2013. Nineteen firefighters have died in the Yarnell Hill Fire that has ripped through half of the town and sent residents to Prescott for safety. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle)

Monday, July 01, 2013 4:06 pm

Bodies of 19 fallen firefighters arrive in Phoenix

The Associated Press

A caravan of white vans carrying the bodies of 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell wildfire has arrived in Phoenix.

The vans reached the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office shortly after noon Monday.

They passed under the arched ladders of two fire trucks with a large American flag billowing from another vehicle on a turnoff road.

The medical examiner's office in Phoenix will conduct autopsies on all 19 fallen firefighters.

Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick says Yavapai County authorities asked for help because the rural county didn't have the resources to handle so many casualties.

Yarnell is about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix.

All 19 firefighters killed belonged to the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew headquartered in Prescott.

None of their names have been officially released.