Firefighter hospitalized after being attacked by swarm of bees

Crews responded to a call about multiple people being stung by bees in the parking lot of a grocery store

By FireRescue1 Staff

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — A firefighter and five others were transported to a hospital after a swarm of bees attacked them in the parking lot of a grocery store.

ABC7 reported that firefighters responded to multiple reports of people being stung outside of a Ralph’s grocery store. A video shows a firefighter and shoppers waiting the bees out inside the grocery store, with one man holding an ice pack on his head.

"On my arrival, there were two engine companies and a truck company that were being actively stung by bees that were swarming, agitated and actively protecting themselves," Monterey Park Fire Capt. Neil Lankin said.

Firefighters wearing protective gear sprayed the tree that the hive was in with foam as well as taking other preventative steps.

"What we've done, I went in and sealed any areas that bees were congregating with some high-density foam and we used firefighting foam to suppress any bee behavior," Capt. Lankin said.

Officials said the firefighter and five others who were transported to the hospital will be OK.


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