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  • Flames erupt Friday from the Southwest Inn on U.S. 59 in Houston.

      Flames erupt Friday from the Southwest Inn on U.S. 59 in Houston.
    Associated Press/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty

  • Firefighters try to gain control of a blaze Friday at the Southwest Inn on U.S. 59 in Houston.

      Firefighters try to gain control of a blaze Friday at the Southwest Inn on U.S. 59 in Houston.
    Associated Press/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty

  • The Friday fire that engulfed a Houston motel has killed four firefighters.

      The Friday fire that engulfed a Houston motel has killed four firefighters.
    Associated Press/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty

  • Flames spread and were shooting from the roof, blanketing the area in thick smoke, before firefighters extinguished the blaze about two hours later.

      Flames spread and were shooting from the roof, blanketing the area in thick smoke, before firefighters extinguished the blaze about two hours later.
    Associated Press/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty

 
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Among the four firefighters killed while battling a Houston motel and restaurant fire were veterans of the department and a newcomer just a month out of the academy.

One of those killed Friday was 29-year-old Robert Garner. His father, Jerry Veuleman, told the Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1aMsrEe ) that Garner was proud of his work and had set his sights on becoming a firefighter after leaving the military. He joined the department in 2010.

The fire broke out along a busy freeway, and was the deadliest in the 118-year history of the department.

The others who died were: 35-year-old Capt. Matthew Renaud, an 11-year veteran of the department; 41-year-old Robert Bebee, who joined almost 12 years ago; and 24-year-old rookie firefighter Anne Sullivan. She had graduated from the training academy in April.

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