HOUSTON – It was a record for the Houston Fire Department, one they hoped they would have never reached.
A massive fire broke out at the Southwest Inn on the southwest freeway near Hillcroft. It was a chaotic scene of smoke and flames and a highway shut down. Numerous firefighters were caught in the line of fire. After the smoke cleared, many were hurt but four had fallen; making it the deadliest day in the history of the Houston Fire Department.
Those killed were:
35-year-old Captain EMT Matthew Renaud of engine 51
41-year-old Engineer Operator EMT Robert Bebee of station 51
29-year-old Firefighter EMT Robert Garner of station 68
24-year-old Probationary Firefighter Anne Sullivan of station 68
HFD confirmed that 14 other firefighters were taken to the hospital. One is still in critical condition and another underwent surgery Saturday. Other members are in stable condition and some have already been released from the hospital.
It`s too early to determine a cause for the fire, but officials are trying to figure that out.