Fire Chief: Firefighters Died Trying To Save Lives

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON - Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison says the four firefighters who died fight a motel fire were looking for people they thought were still trapped in the burning building.

At a news conference, Garrison said the firefighters "took the highest amount of risk possible" because they thought there were "civilians in the structure" when the roof collapsed. He said the firefighters "who were trying to save lives were lost."

Houston Mayor Annise Parker says that of six other firefighters injured, one was in critical condition in an intensive care burn unit.

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