Fire swept through a furniture warehouse, collapsing the building's roof and claiming the lives of nine firefighters in a disaster the mayor described Tuesday as "difficult to fathom or quantify." "Nine brave, heroic, courageous firefighters of the city of Charleston have perished fighting fire in a most courageous and fearless manner, carrying out their duties," Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley said at a morning news conference. "To all of their loved ones, our heart goes out to them." Two employees in the building were rescued from the blaze, which broke out at about 7 p.m. Monday in the Sofa Super Store and warehouse, Riley said. Overnight, firefighters saluted as the bodies of their colleagues were taken from the warehouse. "To lose nine is just a tragedy of immense proportions," Riley said. "To lose nine is just unbelievable." http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070619/ap_on_re_us/charleston_fire&printer=1 Prayers to the families and the community, and may the firefighters rest in peace.