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Friday, May 31, 2013

Houston, TX - Texas Motel Fire Kills 4 Firefighters

Houston, TX - A fire that engulfed a Houston motel has killed four firefighters, and three people are missing.
The mayor’s spokeswoman, Jessica Michan, says four firefighters have been kiled, while four others suffered chest pains or leg injuries. She also says three people are missing.

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

Flames spread to the motel and were shooting from the roof before firefighters extinguished the blaze about two hours later.

The fire’s cause hasn’t been released. Phone messages with the fire department weren’t immediately returned.

Temperatures in the low 90s and high humidity hampered firefighting efforts. Smoke from the fire snarled traffic.

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