UPDATE: 80-year-old man among 20 people stung in Marana bee swarm

Updated: Sep. 22, 2017 at 12:10 PM MST
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Dozens of stingers remain in a helmet worn by one of the firefighters who responded to the...
Dozens of stingers remain in a helmet worn by one of the firefighters who responded to the swarm. (Source: Northwest Fire Department)

MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A swarm of bees in Marana stung about 20 people, including an 80-year-old man, on Friday, Sept. 22.

According to Capt. Brian Keeley of the Northwest Fire District, first responders were dispatched to the 13000 block of North Sandario Road, near West Barnett Road for a bee swarm at about 8:30 a.m.

The elderly man was treated first by Marana police officers, who also were stung. When Northwest FD crews arrived, they moved the man indoors before he was taken to a local hospital, where his condition was stabilized. According to Keeley, the man received approximately "several dozen to possibly as high as 100 or more" stings.

Residents of the neighborhood were advised to shelter in place while the swarm remained active.

NWFD crews used firefighting foam to knock down the bees.

Some crews from Tucson Electric Power were working in the area at the time and had to take shelter in their vehicles. They, the firefighters, and some residents were among those stung in the swarm.

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