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Four firefighters killed in Houston hotel blaze, say officials

Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle via AP

Firefighters try to gain control of a blaze at the Southwest Inn.

Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle via AP

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

Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle via AP

Medics line up in preparation for patients during a blaze at the Southwest Inn on U.S. 59 in Houston on Friday.

Richard Carson / Reuters

Firefighters gather at the scene of a fire where four firefighters were killed battling a a five-alarm blaze at a restaurant and hotel in southwest Houston.

Becky Bratu of NBC News reports that at least a half dozen ambulances were at the scene. Read more...