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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A commander fighting the CZU Lightning Complex Fire had his department vehicle broken into, his wallet stolen and bank account drained, according to CAL FIRE officials.

During a press briefing Sunday morning, CAL FIRE operations chief Mark Brunton said the theft happened while the crew member was taking care of business and directing firefighting crews.

Brunton said the extent to which people will go is “sickening” and said this is the last thing firefighters should have to deal with as they work to contain the hundreds of thousands of acres burning across the state under limited resources.

“It’s saddening. It’s sickening,” Brunton said. “We are doing everything we can to try to help the community and unfortunately this happens.”

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