HOUSTON (RNN) - The Houston Fire Department has released the names of the four firefighters who died in Friday's 5-alarm fire.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Capt. EMT Matthew Renaud, 35 and EMT Robert Bebee, 41, of Station 51; EMT Robert Garner, 29, of Station 68 and 24-year-old Anne Sullivan, a recent graduate of Houston Fire Department Academy and member of Fire Station 68 died Friday.
The four were killed when the engulfed roof and wall of the Southwest Inn collapsed while the four were on the roof attempting to subdue the fire, officials said at a press conference Friday.
The hotel had 45 registered guests at the time of the fire, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The five firefighters who reported injuries were identified by KTRK in Houston and are still hospitalized.
The fire department identified them as Engineer Operator Anthony Livesay, firefighter EMT Robert Yarbrough, firefighter EMT Foster Santos, engineer operator/paramedic Marcus Hernandez and Capt. William Dowling is still listed in critical condition in the ICU burns unit. Injuries range from heat exhaustion to severe burns.
"Today will go down as the worst day in history of the Houston Fire Department," Houston Mayor Annise Parker said. "The most loss of life ever."
The fire started around noon on Friday at Bhojan Restaurant and spread to the neighboring Southwest Inn, engulfing it. It was updated from a three-alarm fire to a five-alarm fire around 1 p.m.
Bhojan Restaurant posted a statement on their Facebook page saying everyone got out safe.
"Thank you for all the support, again all of our staff and customers are safe. We urge everyone to pray for the safety of the houston fire department. We are closed until further notice."
According to MyFoxHouston, more than 100 firefighters responded to the scene.
In a press conference Friday, Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison said all of the firefighters and people in the buildings are accounted for. Garrison said firefighters died searching for civilians they thought were in the building.
Parker said at the press conference that of the five firefighters injured, one is in critical condition in the burn unit.
"The mindset of a firefighter is we don't want you to have a fire at your house or your business, but if you do have one, we want you to have it the day I am working," Garrison said. "We arrive with the assumption that we can save lives."
The cause of the fire is unknown, but was said to have started at the restaurant.
The 100 Club, an organization the raises funds for fallen peace officers and firefighters, will be making donations to the families of the fallen firefighters. The Red Cross and local hotels will also be helping displaced families who were staying in the Southwest Inn.
Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.
730 North Summit Street