Support pours in for fallen HFD firefighters as memorial plans underway
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The investigation into the deadly motel fire which killed four HFD firefighters continues as support from all over the city and the state pours in.
People across the area who have been touched by this tragedy are grieving and healing together. And donations have poured into the 100 Club.
The Sharpstown Civic Association is honoring the four fallen firefighters by wrapping red and blue ribbons around trees along esplanades in Bellaire. Residents say it's a visual reminder of the first responders who protected their neighborhood.
"These are the guys we see at the grocery store," said Jim Bigham with the Sharpstown Civic Association. "These are the guys down the street. It's just a real gut punch for the neighborhood."
They will all be memorialized in a service Wednesday morning at 10am at Reliant Stadium.
As many as 40,000 people are expected for the memorial. A service for a single fallen firefighter is a logistical challenge, but holding one for four who died is an undertaking the magnitude of which neither the Houston Fire Department nor its firefighter's union have ever seen before.
Plans are now in the works for hundreds of firefighters from Dallas, Austin and other areas to come and work Wednesday so that all Houston firefighters who want to can attend the memorial service.
The fire department has not yet released info on parking or the procession that will accompany the memorial.
INVESTIGATORS ASKING FOR HELP
The cause of the fire at the Southwest Inn is still under investigation. The Houston Fire Department Arson Division is taking the lead, with assistance from the State Fire Marshal's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Houston Police Department.
An HFD spokesperson tells us that Arson investigators are now seeking witnesses to the tragic blaze. Anyone who has information that may help investigators is urged to call 713-247-8900.
UPDATE ON THE INJURED
Three of the 13 firefighters injured remain hospitalized. One firefighter was listed in critical condition. The other two are in stable and good condition.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The 100 Club is supporting the victims and families. Anyone interested in donating can do so online at the100club.org.
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