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December 27th, 2012
07:53 AM ET

Tributes to fallen firefighters from Christmas Eve blaze in Webster, NY; Fire Marshal of Webster Robert Boutillier reflects

This morning, we hear new recordings from a tragic Christmas Eve fire that stunned the town of Webster, a town in upstate New York. The blaze was set in a Webster home as a trap by a gunman who then targeted firefighters who responded. Sixty two-year-old William Spengler started a massive fire, then shot and killed two firefighters and injured two others.The awful scene playing out on the scanner: “Multiple firemen down. Multiple firemen shot. I am shot. I think it was an assault rifle. We have multiple firemen down. With a working fire.”

The two injured firefighters, who are still recovering in the hospital, released a statement thanking the nation for its support. They say: "We are humbled and a bit overwhelmed by the outpouring of well wishes for us and our families. Like so many others, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, and with those who lost their homes."

Meanwhile, the town is mourning for those two firemen who lost their lives as investigators try to figure out how and why this happened. Robert Boutillier is Fire Marshal of Webster, New York. He joins us live from Rochester, NY with the latest on investigation.

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