Posted: May 31, 2013 5:33 PM by KHOU
Updated: May 31, 2013 5:34 PM
Four Houston firefighters died Friday while battling a 5-alarm blaze in a motel near the Southwest Freeway at Hillcroft.
Their bodies were were found in the rubble of the Southwest Inn motel.
In a heartwrenching scene, several firefighters gathered around a flag-draped casket in the middle of the burnt-out motel.
Five firefighters were rushed by ambulances to area hospitals. Medics were performing CPR on one of them as he was put into an ambulance.
At least one of the injured firefighters is in very critical condition, according to an HFD captain at the scene. He is at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.
Two others were taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest, just blocks from the fire. Two more went to Memorial Hermann Northwest. They are reportedly in good condition.
HFD Asst. Chief Rick Flanagan said this was the worst day of his life.