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    4 Firefighters Dead in Houston
    More Critically Injured



    B]HOUSTON – Four Houston firefighters died Friday while battling a 5-alarm blaze in a motel near the Southwest Freeway at Hillcroft. The bodies of three were found in the rubble of the Southwest Inn motel. One apparently died at the hospital.[/B]

    Firefighters gathered around one flag-draped casket at the scene.

    Six firefighters were rushed by ambulances to area hospitals. Medics were performing CPR on one of them as he was put into an ambulance.

    At least one of the injured firefighters is in very critical condition, according to an HFD captain at the scene. He is at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. Two others were taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest, just blocks from the fire. Two more went to Memorial Hermann Northwest. They are reportedly in good condition.

    HFD Asst. Captain Rick Flanagan said this was the worst day of his life.

    There's no word on whether motel guests and employees have been accounted for.

    The flames spread quickly through the Southwest Inn motel in the 6800 block of the Southwest Freeway. Strong winds challenged the dozens of Houston firefighters who battled the blaze. Many appeared to be struggling as temperatures crept toward 90 degrees with high humidity. They were given wet towels and water as they took breaks.

    It took more than three hours to bring the flames under control.

    The front sections of the large motel were gutted.

    The fire broke out shortly after noon Friday, blowing thick, black smoke across the Southwest Freeway and slowing traffic in both directions.

    Traffic was backed up for miles in the inbound lanes. The feeder road was closed near Bellaire and three mainlanes were shut down to make room for emergency vehicles. Rubberneckers also slowed traffic in the outbound lanes. Drivers should avoid the Southwest Freeway, if possible.

    Bad Day. Sounds like it could get worst.

    Rest in Peace.
    Train to fight the fires you fight.


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    RIP Brothers. Horrible horrible news to hear.

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    Rest in Peace Brothers and Sister.
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    Rest easy Brothers.
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    Prayers with the families of the fallen Rest in peace brothers.

    One of the injured firefighters, two broken legs, is also a member of TX TF-1. Speedy recovery to him and the others injured.
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    Early reports suggested on possible fatality, which, as bad as that is, was heartening.

    Four dead and five injured (plus the possibility of some civilian fatalities) is truly disheartening. Our thoughts are with our brothers and sisters and with the families of the casualities.

    Everyone working the fire was taking a beating.
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    My deepest condolences to the Houston FD, along with the families and friends of the fallen. May they rest in peace.
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    The thin red line got a little thinner yesterday...

    Capt. Matthew Renaud
    Engineer Operator Robert Bebee
    Firefighter Robert Garne
    Probationary Firefighter Anne Sullivan

    Rest easy...
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    What a sad day. My condolences to the HFD, and the families effected.
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    It has been a rough year for LODD here this year. Prayers for all involved.

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    Rest in Peace.
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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    prayers for the loved ones
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    RIP to the members lost.

    Condolences to families and Houston FD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WVFD705 View Post
    It has been a rough year for LODD here this year. Prayers for all involved.
    Yes it has.

    West, Dallas and now Houston.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    Yes it has.

    West, Dallas and now Houston.
    Also two from Bryan and one from League City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WVFD705 View Post
    It has been a rough year for LODD here this year. Prayers for all involved.
    Seems like we have been flying the LODD flag here in Texas for the past month. Truely sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVFD705 View Post
    Also two from Bryan and one from League City.
    After I posted I remembered Bryan, but I forgot about League City.
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    18 have died in Texas this year

    I am not with Houston, but amazed at the number of firefighters that came to Houston to fill in.

    I heard they run around 700 a shift.

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