Kevin Wayne Kulow, Probationary Firefighter

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Firefighter Kulow and the members of his engine company responded to a structure fire in a nightclub. Upon arrival, Firefighter Kulow and other firefighters advanced a hose line into the interior of the structure, based on reports of people trapped. At some point in the fire fight, firefighters were ordered to evacuate the building. Firefighter Kulow did not emerge and was later found inside of the structure. His death was caused by burns.

The fire was caused when one or more arsonists poured and ignited accelerants in an attempt to cause the death of a nightclub employee as a part of a domestic dispute. Three individuals were charged with murder.

Firefighter Kulow had arrived early for duty and responded with the on-duty crew. In addition to the death of Firefighter Kulow, 3 firefighters were injured while working at the scene.

A report on this incident will be prepared by the Texas State Fire Marshal. The report will be available at https://www.tdi.texas.gov/fire/fmloddinvesti.html

CDC NIOSH report: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200414.html

Department information

Houston Fire Department
1205 Dart St.
Houston, Texas 77007

Chief: Acting Fire Chief Hector Trevino

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Kevin Wayne Kulow was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 32
Rank: Probationary Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: April 4, 2004 05:55
Date of death: April 4, 2004
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Burns
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Public Assembly