Firefighter Dies in Massive San Antonio Strip Mall Blaze

Outpouring of Condolences on Social Media for Fallen San Antonio Firefighter

A San Antonio firefighter was killed and two more were injured in a major fire Thursday night at a strip mall.

"We had firefighters who fought fire desperately tonight to try to save their friend's life", Hood said while fighting back tears. Hood said both firefighters are expected to survive. He was a father of two, and his wife, Jennifer, is pregnant with their third child.

Firefighters were seen forming two columns and saluted an ambulance that departed the scene just after midnight Friday morning.

One of them was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center in critical condition. Vasquez, who joined SAFD on December 23, 2006, was later discharged and is now home recovering, Hood said.

Tonight during a 4th alarm blaze we lost a brother Scott Deem.

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

Investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire.

Once the fire was out and crews were able to remove Deem's body, first responders lined the parking lot as his body was taken away.

San Antonio firefighters gather at the scene of a fire Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Ingram Square in San Antonio, Texas. "Unfortunately, we had one of our worst days".

"I was reminded last night just about the bravery and strength of the men and women in uniform, but also of their loved ones who pray that something like this never happens".

Hood confirmed the death of Scott Deem, a six-year veteran of the department, KENS reported.

Three firefighters, including Deem, would become trapped inside.

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