4 New York firefighters shot while working to extinguish fire

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By: Sanvi Rizvi 

(Scroll down for video) Gun violence is spiraling out of control in the United States, as four firefighters battling a blaze in New York, were shot and 2 were killed, according to police reports.

Authorities said that two firefighters have been shot and killed, and two others were wounded, while responding to a house fire in western New York.

The police chief in Webster, New York, said that four firefighters were shot while responding to a fire in the nearby town of Rochester at 6:00 a.m.

A fire officer with the West Webster Fire District said that one firefighter is in satisfactory condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Authorities said that the fire spread to two other homes and a car. A man answering the phone at the fire station said that firefighters were not able to fight fires, as long as the area has not been secured by police. The man said that no other information was being released.

Chief Gerald Pickering said "one or more shooters" opened fire at firefighters Monday morning. Officials said that they had arrived at the scene of the fire near the shore of Lake Ontario at 6:00 a.m.

Authorities said that there is no active shooter at the scene.
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