Firefighter dies while fighting massive blaze at San Antonio strip mall

SAN ANTONIO (KXAN) — One firefighter died in a massive strip mall fire on the northwest side of San Antonio Thursday night, near Ingram Park Mall.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood says Scott Deem died while trying to put out the flames. He was a six-year veteran of the San Antonio Fire Department. Officials say another firefighter suffered critical injuries and a second was seriously hurt.

Close to 60 firefighting units were at the scene of the fire located at 6776 Ingram Rd. San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said as his crews were inside, the structure collapsed, trapping Deem. Because the situation was becoming too dangerous, Hood said the rest of the firefighters had to evacuate the building, leaving Deem behind.

“I would like to ask the citizens of San Antonio for their prayers tonight, because we’re hurting,” Hood said as he fought back tears.

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.

There’s no word on what started the fire.

The Austin Firefighters Outreach Fund is collecting donations for San Antonio firefighters and their families impacted by Thursday night’s tragedy. If you’re interested in supporting the cause, click here to donate.

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