published Friday, May 31st, 2013

4 firefighters killed in Houston motel fire

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    A firefighter stands near a fire at the Southwest Inn in Houston. A fire that engulfed a Houston motel has injured at least six firefighters, including two critically, and three people are missing.
    Photo by AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duff

HOUSTON — Authorities say four firefighters were killed while trying to battle a fire that engulfed a Houston motel.

The Houston mayor's office released a statement saying the four firefighters died Friday after battling a blaze at the Southwest Inn. The local medical examiner’s office says three victims died at the scene, while the fourth died at a hospital.

Five others were injured and are hospitalized for chest pains or leg injuries.

The blaze broke out just after noon Friday at a restaurant and club at the motel on U.S. 59, one of Houston’s most heavily traveled expressways.

Flames spread to the motel and were shooting from the roof, blanketing the area in thick smoke, before firefighters extinguished the blaze about two hours later.

The fire’s cause hasn't been released.

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