1 firefighter killed, 2 seriously hurt in San Antonio fire

Virginia Carter
May 20, 2017

May 19-A San Antonio firefighter was killed and two others injured while battling a massive shopping center fire Thursday night on the city's northwest side.

San Antonio emergency personnel work the scene of a fire Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Ingram Square in San Antonio, Texas.

The San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association released a statement on Facebook, asking the public for prayers.

Over 100 firefighters responded to the blaze.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood says Scott Deem died while trying to put out the flames.

Authorities learned that one firefighter, Scott Deem, was missing and Hood said he became trapped inside.

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A procession was held at the scene for Deem, a 6-year veteran of the department.

Firefighters formed two columns and saluted as an ambulance departed the scene just after midnight. He said it was a very rough decision to leave a firefighter behind.

Hood said that firefighters had to retreat and fight the fire defensively.

After a mayday call for two lost firefighters, medical director David Miramontes said in an e-mail, RIT teams were sent in and rescued one, who's now in critical condition at San Antonio Military Medical Center Burn Unit. Hood said the pair are expected to be OK.

Investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire.

Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement that he and his wife Cecilia extended their sympathies to Deem's family "during this unimaginably hard time". "Continue to keep us in your prayers".

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