An elderly woman was taken to a hospital this morning after sustaining more than 100 bee stings, officials say.

When the woman went outside to check on her dog, she was attacked by the bees, a news release from the Tucson Fire Department says. The incident happened in the 4600 block of East 26th Street. 

The bees were found underneath a shed. Fire officials said bees that seek shelter in areas lower to the ground can be more aggressive.

It took firefighters more than 45 minutes to control the group of bees because of their hidden location, the release shows. Firefighters used foam and water to exterminate the bees.

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The woman is currently in stable condition, but her dog was not found at the scene.

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

Metro Producer

Gloria is a Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona. She started at the Star as an apprentice in 2017. Following her apprenticeship, she began freelancing until becoming a full-time reporter and producer after her college graduation in 2018.