Precinct 333

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Death Of A Hero

The Houston Fire Department lost one of its own today.

A 12-year veteran Houston firefighter was killed fighting a house fire early this morning.

Six others were injured in the 6 a.m. fire at a vacant house on Brandon Street, near Texas 288 and Belfort, authorities said.

Capt. Grady Burke, 39, died when the roof collapsed on him while inside the house in south Houston, said Assistant Chief Rick Flanagan.

None of the others' injuries required hospitalization and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Burke is survivied by his wife, Cindy; daughters, Hannah, 9; Hailey, 8; and son Hunter, 7.

Burke is the first HFD fatality snce April, 2004.

City of Houston emergency personnel form an impromptu honor line as an ambulance leaves a fire scene with the body of Capt. Grady Burke. Burke, 39, was killed early today while battling a fire at an abandoned house.


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