1 firefighter killed, 2 seriously hurt in San Antonio fire

1 firefighter killed, 2 seriously hurt in San Antonio fire

1 firefighter killed, 2 seriously hurt in San Antonio fire

More than 60 fire units responded to the blaze, which quickly damaged multiple units within the shopping center.

The San Antonio Fire Department is coming together to mourn the loss of one of its own.

San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood confirmed the death of Scott Deem, a six-year veteran of the department. Firefighters later stood by as the body of Scott Deem was removed from one of the buildings after 12 a.m. Friday.

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"It was a very rough decision to leave a firefighter behind", an emotional Hood told reporters who gathered at the scene northwest of downtown.

A second firefighter, part of the rapid intervention rescue team, was taken to University Hospital in serious condition, firefighters said.

"I would like to ask the citizens of San Antonio for their prayers tonight, because we're hurting", Hood said as he fought back tears.

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"Every day we run about 800-plus calls and we take care of people most of the days of their lives", he said.

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". "But we're gonna continue to do the good job we always do", he said.

The last time a firefighter died in the line of duty was in May of 1997. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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