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Swarming bees sting man 50-100 times in Costa Mesa

A Costa Mesa firefighter sprays foam to calm a swarm of bees that stung a roofing worker 50 to 100 times on Thursday.

A Costa Mesa firefighter sprays foam to calm a swarm of bees that stung a roofing worker 50 to 100 times on Thursday.

(Costa Mesa Fire Department)

A man was hospitalized Thursday after a swarm of bees in Costa Mesa stung him 50 to 100 times, according to fire officials.

Workers were taking shingles off the roof of a home at Liard Place and Klondike Avenue, near Shiffer Park, when they disturbed a hive at about 8:30 a.m., Deputy Fire Chief Fred Seguin told Times Community News.

The bees started swarming and stung one of the roofers -- a man in his 20s -- dozens of times, according to the fire department.

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“He went off the roof as quickly as he could, screaming,” Seguin said.

When paramedics arrived, they took the man to a local trauma center, according to Seguin.

A man in his 60s also was taken to the hospital, officials said. He came out of his house across the street during the commotion to see what was happening and was stung 10 to 15 times, Seguin said.

Authorities said firefighters sprayed foam to neutralize the swarm and called for a specialist to remove the hive.

Jeremiah Dobruck writes for Times Community News.

Twitter: @jeremiahdobruck

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