Houston Firefighter Collapses, Dies at Apartment Fire

A Houston firefighter died after suffering an apparent heart attack responding to a fire at an apartment complex Wednesday morning.

Capt. Thomas W. Dillion, 49, collapsed at the scene of a small fire at the apartment complex in the 7520 block of Cook Road around 8:30 a.m., according to The Houston Chronicle.

Colleagues rushed to the 22-year veteran's aid and began CPR before transporting him to West Houston Medical Center where he died.

Officials said the fire was not directly related to Dillion's death.

A resident of the unit where the fire originated at the Jade Stone apartments told KPRC-TV that the firefighter collapsed at his doorstep.

"Once they got close to check it out, he collapsed instantly," Darius Coleman told the news station. "He didn't even get in the house before he fell out."

Dillion -- who worked at Station 69 -- is survived by three children.

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