Firefighters injured in Surprise substation battery explosion identified

The four Peoria firefighters, who were injured after an explosion occurred while they were working a battery fire at an APS power substation, have been identified as Captain Hunter Clare, fire engineer Justin Lopez, firefighter Matt Cottini, and firefighter Jake Ciulla.

Firefighters Clare, Lopez and Cottini remain hospitalized in serious condition. Firefighter Ciulla has been released from the hospital.

A total of eight west Valley firefighters are recovering following the explosion at the lithium battery storage facility near Deer Valley Road and Grand Avenue around 8 p.m.


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