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Four Houston firefighters mourned on Saturday

Houston : TX : USA | Jun 01, 2013 at 1:28 PM PDT
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Fire Destroys Downtown Franklin Restaurant

Houston Texas. A huge fire that broke out at a motel and restaurant in Houston Texas on Friday killed four firefighters and injured 14 firefighters Houston Fire Department spokesman Jay Evans said.

Evans said on Saturday some of the injured firefighters were released from the hospital. He did not say how many firefighters were released from the hospital.

Three of the deceased firefighters were veterans of the fire department. One of the deceased firefighters was a rookie that graduated from the academy in April.

The mayor's office and a medical examiner said a fire broke out of a restaurant that was connected to the Southwest Inn along a freeway. The fire was the worst in the history of the 118 years of the Houston Fire Departmnet has been in service.

Three firefighters died on the scene. One of the firefighters died in a hospital.

The Houston Chronicle reports the names of the deceased firefighters are Robert Garner, 29, Captain Matthew Renaud, 35, Robert Beebe, 41 and Anne Sullivan, 24. Sullivan graduated from the firefighters academy in April.

The firefighters died when they went inside the burning building since they thought there were people inside the building which was a risky move.

The firefighters that died at the scene were trapped when a protion of the building fell down on them.

News sources WGCL TV, Houston Chronicle and The Associated Press

George Vieto is based in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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