A Houston firefighter has died after battling a two-alarm house fire in Kingwood, reports KHOU Houston.
Daniel Groover, 47, was in “extremely critical condition” after being rushed to the hospital from Wednesday’s house fire.
The fire happened in the 1400 block of Mistletoe near Redbud and was reported around 4 p.m.
Neighbors reported hearing several small explosions that sounded like fireworks.
The fire quickly went to two alarms and firefighters cleared out of the burning home and went into defensive mode.
HFD received a call as “firefighter down in the backyard,” according to HFD spokesperson Jay Evans.
Groover was rushed to Kingwood Medical Center.
According to the United States Fire Administration firefighter fatality report, Firefighter Groover collapsed while operating on the second floor interior of a burning residential structure. A Mayday was sounded and Groover was quickly removed from the building by fellow firefighters. He was then transported to a local medical center but did not survive the injuries sustained in the incident. An investigation into the circumstances of the fire and Groover’s death is underway by local and state authorities.
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