1 firefighter killed, 2 seriously hurt in San Antonio fire

Firefighter killed 2 seriously hurt in massive Texas strip mall fire

Firefighter killed 2 seriously hurt in massive Texas strip mall fire

Two firefighters were pulled out of the building.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood confirmed around 12:30 a.m. this (Friday) morning that Firefighter Scott Deem, a six-year member of the San Antonio Fire Department, died during a four-alarm fire on Ingram Road. Hood said the pair are expected to be OK.

Before the fire, Matthew Christian Coronado, 25, massage therapy instructor at Milan Institute, said smoke began billowing in the front of the business, which is several stores away from where the fire started.

The other two firefighters were transported to a local hospital, but their conditions were not released.

Close to 60 firefighting units were at the scene of the fire located at 6776 Ingram Rd.

Hood told reporters that it was a "very rough decision" to leave a firefighter behind but the department could have lost up to 20 firefighters if it didn't shift gears and "go defensive".

"We had firefighters who fought fire desperately tonight to try to save their friend's life", Hood said while fighting back tears. "But we're gonna continue to do the good job we always do".

The firefighters lined up on each side of the ambulance carrying Deem's body and saluted they left the scene, KENS 5-TV reported.

"We are anticipating both of these firefighters are going to be OK, but we're asking for your prayers", the chief said.

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