Four firefighters killed in Houston hotel fire, officials say

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A firefighter is wheeled to an ambulance after fighting a fire at the Southwest Inn on Friday, in Houston.

By Becky Bratu, Staff Writer, NBC News

Four firefighters were killed and another six were injured battling a five-alarm fire at a southwest Houston hotel Friday afternoon, officials said at a news conference.

One of the injured is in critical condition but the other five are stable, Houston Mayor Annise Parker said.

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The fire started around noon at the Southwest Inn on the 6800 block of Southwest Freeway. It began in the sports bar portion of the hotel, KPRC reported. The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

The four firefighters died as a result of the fire, officials told KPRC. Their identities will be released after family members have been notified.

Fire Chief Terry Garrison said the firefighters were trapped when a structure collapsed on them.

“They were risking their lives to save our community,” Garrison said at the news conference.

Mayor Parker added: “Take a moment to think about what the job of a firefighter is and the danger they face every day.”

Firefighters battle a five-alarm building fire in southwest Houston, where several firefighters have been injured.

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