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On Dec. 22, 1999, three members of the Keokuk, Iowa, fire department died during a rescue attempt at a fire in rooming house that also kiled three children. The city was criticized for a lack of adequate firefighter staffing. Only five firefighters were on duty. The blaze, for the most part, faded into history as it occurred two weeks after a warehouse blaze killed six firefighters in Worcester, Massachusetts.