Bee attack in Glendale sends woman and granddaughter to hospital

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A woman and her 4-year-old granddaughter went to the hospital after being stung by bees on Tuesday morning, according to a spokesman for the Glendale Fire Department.

It happened at about 9 a.m. at the grandmother's home in a neighborhood near 59th and Northern avenues.

According to firefighters, the little girl used her grandmother's emergency notification necklace to notify authorities after her grandmother was attacked outside her home by a swarm of bees.

"Her four year old granddaughter was with her inside the home and recognized that her grandma was in trouble and activated grandma's Life Alert, and was able to talk to dispatchers and tell them that she was in need of help," said Michael Young with the Glendale Fire Department.

The little girl also ended up getting stung as did the family dog, Chico, a Chihuahua. All are expected to be okay.

Firefighters wearing protective gear used foam to kill the swarming bees.

The adult bee attack victim was transported to the hospital by paramedics. The little girl's mother took the child to the hospital.

As firefighters searched for a bee hive they discovered that a beekeeper lives in the home behind the home where the victims were attacked. They reported seeing four hives in that backyard.

The resident of that home first refused to let the firefighters in the backyard to access the hives, but later allowed them in.

"He did let us know that it is his family business and that he was a bee keeper," said Young.

A search of records show there is not a business registered to the homeowner at that address. Glendale Police are now looking into the legality of the home owner's bee operation in that yard. A spokesman says it's possible the man could be cited under city code as a public nuisance or illegal use of residential land.