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    By The Associated Press
    (4/04/04 - HOUSTON) ó A Houston firefighter has died fighting an early morning fire at a local ballroom.
    It started about 5am at the El Festival ballroom on Kempwood and Todd. Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting out of the building. The roof collapsed on one firefighter. He died at the scene. Three other firefighters are at the hospital being treated for smoke inhalation and other minor injuries. The call originally came in as a truck fire and there were several people in the building when the fire started.

    "Somebody told me there was a truck outside on fire," said eyewitness Pete Petropoulos. "I saw flames under the truck and all around the corner of the building."

    The cause of the fire is unknown. An HPD homicide detective is on the scene with an arson team investigating the fire.

    At this time, we don't know the identity of the firefighter who was killed, but we do know he was from fire station 50 on 290 at 43rd.

    We'll continue to follow this developing story and have more information as it becomes available.
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    Sad, Sad day in Houston. My prayer go out to the brothers an d sisters and most of all the family.


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    Another sad day in what is turning out to be a very tragic year for firefighters all over. God bless the mans family, friends and co-workers.
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    My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of our departed brother. May the firefighting community of Houston, also be comforted in this time of sorrow.

    5-5-5-5 Rest in peace brother!



    April 4, 2004, 11:10AM

    Firefighter killed battling ballroom blaze
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    A firefighter was killed and three others were injured early this morning while battling a blaze at a ballroom.

    Firefighters who arrived at the El Festival Ballroom in northwest Houston around 6 a.m. found the building engulfed in flames. They went inside, but the fire was too intense and they were pulled out about 20 minutes after arriving, said Javier Rodriguez, an inspector with the fire department.

    "Part of the building collapsed," Rodriguez said. "We don't know whether that was the cause" of the firefighters' death.

    The name of the firefighter who was killed wasn't immediately released, as his family was still being contacted.

    The three other firefighters suffered minor injuries, Rodriguez said. One had smoke inhalation, one had a collar bone injury and one had minor burns to a hand. All were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

    The blaze was brought under control about an hour and a half after firefighters arrived at the scene.

    A Houston police department detective along with a team from the fire department's arson division were investigating the blaze.
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    Reports are now that this was a Probie on the job since September 2003. What a shame.

    Rest in peace Brother.

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    My condolences to thhe Houston brothers and sisters and to the FF's family........ Another sad day in the fire service..........

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    Truly tragic, a young man just starting his career. Brother's,,,,you never know. Offer up a prayer for this brave kid and his family, and stay safe out there.

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    Thoughts and prayers with the family and HFD.
    REST IN PEACE. Gone but not forgotten.

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    Houston firefighter killed battling ballroom blaze

    (Houston-AP) -- A Houston firefighter is dead and three others
    injured after battling an early morning a blaze at a ballroom.
    The fire was at the El Festival Ballroom in northwest Houston.
    Firefighters were called to the scene around six this morning.
    A fire inspector says the firefighters went inside but the fire
    was too intense and they were pulled out about 20 minutes later.
    The inspector says part of the building collapsed, but officials
    don't know if that's what caused the firefighter's death.
    The firefighter who died was identified as 32-year-old Kevin
    Kulow. He had just been hired in September.
    The three other firefighters were Captain James Walterbach,
    Eddie Perrot and senior Captain Robert Smith. All had minor
    injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
    The fire is under investigation.
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    I am very sorry to hear about this.


    Thoughts and prayers to all concerned.

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    Rest in peace brother. The Bells will be silent for you tonight.
    "DON'T GO IN THERE!!! DON'T YOU KNOW THERE IS A FIRE IN THERE!!!!"

    "YOU'RE KILLING ME ROOK"

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    One confessed arsonist is now in custody and charged with the capital murder of Houston firefighter Kulow. Three more are being sought by police and fire investigators. Fire was supposedly the result of a child custody battle between the arsonist and his ex-wife, an employee in the club.

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    Great to hear that they caught this turd. Capital murder in Texas means either the "big shot", or life with no chance of parole for at least 40 years.

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    DALLAS (AP) - Federal and local authorities arrested three
    people early Sunday for questioning in a Houston ballroom fire in
    which a firefighter died.
    A man and woman were arrested at a hotel in Dallas, said
    Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Trent Touchstone. Another man fled
    the hotel and was arrested later. Touchstone said he believed the
    three had been staying in the hotel.
    The three were being questioned in connection with the blaze in
    which Kevin Kulow, 32, a rookie firefighter, died.
    Firefighters arrived at the El Festival Ballroom on April 4 to
    find it engulfed in flames. Three other firefighters were injured
    in the fire.
    Houston police spokeswoman Sandra Aponte said two Houston
    homicide investigators were in Dallas interviewing the three and to
    determine whether charges would be filed.
    Houston police arrested James Alonzo Guevara, 20, on Tuesday. He
    has been charged with capital murder.
    Police said Guevara admitted setting the fire because of an
    ongoing child custody dispute with his estranged wife, who worked
    at the ballroom.
    Touchstone said the three people arrested Sunday were taken to
    the Dallas County jail. Jail officials said the three were not yet
    in their system.

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    GLAD THEY GOT 'EM !
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    Hope all of 'em get what they deserve. Rest in peace brother Kulow.
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    Post This is gonna stir a hornet's nest........

    Don't shoot NJ...he's only the messenger.

    HFD training, practices questioned following death

    (Houston-AP) -- Proper training could have prevented four
    firefighters' deaths in the last four years. That's according to a
    state investigator appointed to review the latest fatality.
    Mike Herman is co-chairman of the state fire marshal's team
    investigating the death of rookie firefighter Kevin Kulow.
    Kulow died during a nightclub fire in northwest Houston last
    week.
    Herman says that the four fatalities may have been prevented if
    the Houston Fire Department better trained its personnel to retreat
    from dangerous, fully engulfed buildings.
    All four perished while inside buildings.
    Herman says a 16-member state marshal's team will look at
    whether any procedural or communication breakdown played a role in
    Kulow's death.
    The Houston Chronicle reports that the state panel hasn't yet
    made a preliminary determination in the Kulow case.
    Three people have been charged in connection with the fatal
    blaze.

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    Arm-chair quarterbacking at its best. My opinion is he's trying to get his 15 minutes of fame. Either way, it doesn't matter, since he's removed himself from the committee. Local 341 immediately made it known that they didn't feel he could make an unbiased decision based on his comments and past track record.

    Hindsight's 20/20, especially seems true with people who weren't involved in the incident.

    Capt. Jahnke died trying to save a confirmed entrapment. FF Kulow's crew was told that there were people inside the building. In Houston, a club quits serving alcohol at 2 am, but can stay open as long as it wants.

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    Looks like the people accused of starting the fire that killed Firefighter Kulow were a bad group of hombres. Congratulations to all the investigators that took this crew off the street.
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    Some suspects in deadly fire accused in second arson case

    (4/17/04 - HOUSTON) ó Two men accused of starting a fire that killed a Houston firefighter have now been linked to another blaze.

    Police have arrested four suspects in all for the death of firefighter Kevin Kulow at the El Festival Ballroom. Two of them, Jeremy Robinson and Brian Weiner, are now also accused of torching a strip center that same night on West Tidwell.

    HFD Chief Fire Investigator Roy Paul said, "They wanted to inflict more damage on the owner of the festival ballroom. They thought he owned that building. However, he doesnít."

    Investigators say one of the suspects, James Guevera, admitted to setting the fire at the El Festival Ballroom. He believed the owner was helping his estranged wife finance her child custody battle against him.

    Guevera faces capital murder charges. The others have been charged with murder.

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