Boy, fire chief, others stung by swarm of bees in Safford

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

A boy was flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital and several others were hurt after they were stung by a swarm of bees in Safford on Monday evening.

It happened just north of the Gila River in a gully area away from nearby homes, according to Graham County Undersheriff Jeff McCormies.

He said deputies saw the 11-year-old boy covered with bees in distress around 5:30 p.m.

He was stung around 100 times in and around his face and taken to the hospital, McCormies said. His condition is unknown.

One deputy was stung about 100 times as well and he was taken to the hospital for observation.

Another deputy was stung 20 times.

Safford Fire Chief Clark Bingham was stung but not severely.

A 7-year-old boy who ran for help was also stung but was treated by a parent, McCormies said.

The bee hive was in some abandoned cars in the bottom of the gully.

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