Houston Fire Department units were dispatched to a report of a fire in a motel. Captain Renaud and Engineer Operator Bebee were on the first engine to arrive at the scene. Firefighters found a working fire with heavy smoke showing and advanced a 2-1/2 inch handline into the structure. Firefighters opened the ceiling as they advanced and found fire in the space above. Firefighters were ordered to withdraw from the structure while a water supply was secured.
Once a water supply was established, firefighters advanced into the structure. Firefighters Garner and Sullivan, from the second engine to arrive on-scene, backed up other firefighters. As firefighters advanced, a structural collapse occurred and trapped a number of firefighters. Four firefighters were killed as a result of the collapse and over a dozen were injured, including a Captain received severe injuries.
Autopsy examinations revealed the firefighters died from thermal injuries, smoke inhalation, and compressional asphyxia.
Incident Location: 6855 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX ? 77074 USNG: 15R TN 5780 8940
Houston Fire Department
600 Jefferson, 7th FL
USNG: 15R TN 7054 9373
Houston, Texas 77002
Chief: Terry Garrison
Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.