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California Fire / Juveniles Killed #441639

NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 26, 1968
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(Studio) 7 juvenile delinquents and adult foreman killed while fighting fire in San Gabriel foothills. On probation to Los Angeles fire department
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(San Gabriel Canyon, California) Brush fire burning for 3 days 18 mile from Los Angeles. Use of delinquents on fire force not uncommon. Probation and fire department agree to remove youths from area. Program officially lets youths choose if they want to stay in jail or volunteer for fire-fighting training. [Delinquent Manuel HICKS - describes running from fire. Thanks God he's alive.] [Mrs. Betty HICKS - calls it disaster to send untrained teens to major fire.] [Cnty. Fire Chief Keith KLINGER - says boys were in perfectly safe place and fire just blew up. Try to explain this to people.] Firefighting helicopter crashes; 1 killed. 1,200 fire fighters hope to get control by tonight.
REPORTER: Piers Anderton

Anderton, Piers;
Huntley, Chet

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