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Firefighters gather around a burning house after they were let back into the area to battle the blaze, Monday Dec. 24, 2012, in Webster, N.Y. A gunman ambushed four volunteer firefighters responding to an intense pre-dawn house fire Monday morning outside Rochester, N.Y., killing two and ending up dead himself, authorities said.

Officials: NY gunman set 'trap' for firefighters

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WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — A man who set his house on fire then lured firefighters to their deaths in a blaze of flames and bullets had attracted little attention since he got out of prison in the 1990s for killing his grandmother, authorities said.

But two months ago, William Spengler's mother died, leaving the 62-year-old ex-con in a Lake Ontario house with his sister, who he "couldn't stand," a friend said.

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