Houston Fire Department Capt. Ruy Lozano has confirmed that, as of Saturday, a 40-year-old firefighter is in “extremely critical” condition from multiple injuries and was at Memorial Hermann Hospital, reports The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/11eU2cB).
A second firefighter, a 52-year-old man, underwent surgery on a leg in another local hospital Saturday afternoon, Lozano said. Three other firefighters were still hospitalized for observation, but should be discharged soon, authorities said.
A funeral service for the four firefighters killed is scheduled for Wednesday at Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans, reports CNN (http://bit.ly/11k7X4n).
Houston arson investigators and homicide detectives combed through the blackened debris of a cordoned-off motel in southwest Houston, looking for the source of the fire and mapping the locations where four firefighters perished under a thunderous roof collapse.
Friday’s fire, which originated in the restaurant of the Southwest Inn, killed more firefighters than any incident in the 118-year history of the fire department.
The Houston Chronicle reports that those would like to help families of the fallen firefighters can donate to The 100 Club (www.the100club.org), a nonprofit organization that provides support to dependents of police officers, firefighters and other public servants killed in the line of duty.