Four firefighters were killed and five more were injured on Friday battling a five-alarm blaze at a restaurant and hotel in southwest Houston, fire and city officials said.
Thick black and then gray smoke billowed out of the Southwest Inn and a restaurant at the front of the low-slung building at the height of the fire on Friday afternoon. The fire was under control by mid-afternoon.
Afterward, firefighters gathered at the back of a fire station about a half mile from the scene, hugging and talking and others gathered at a hospital.
Firefighters were called just after 12 p.m. CDT (1300 ET) to battle the fire at the Bhojan Restaurant and the Southwest Inn, which calls itself a full-service hotel.