HFD Chief: Investigation Will be Thorough

The Houston Fire Department is not releasing any details about a house fire that took the lives of a veteran fire-fighter and a rookie. The two will be honored at a funeral service on Thursday at Grace Community Church on the Gulf Freeway. Pat Hernandez has more.


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50 year old Captain James Harlow of Pasadena, and 29 year old probationary firefighter Damion Hobbs, who grew up in Alvin, died in a house fire at Oak Vista in southeast Houston Easter Sunday. Hobbs was an Army veteran of the Iraq war. He had fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a firefighter. Harlow spent 30 years with the department and was named captain at Fire Station 26 in 2004.

Some neighbors have said the elderly couple who lived inside the home near Hobby airport, had already gotten out of the burning structure by the time firefighters arrived. At a news briefing, officials did not release any information on the blaze. Houston Fire Chief Phil Boriskie, said the investigation would be a thorough, conducted by the department, the state fire marshal’s office and federal authorities.

“We believe there’s many ways to disseminate information. We can do it fast or we can do it accurate. We are gonna do it accurate, the right way, so the information that will be disseminated will be thoroughly researched and correct.”

Jeff Caynon is president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association. He says donations can be made to the 100-club and the Last Alarm Club of Houston.

“Those donations to the 100 Club and the Last Alarm Club will be to the families. Those won’t be used for anything as far as planning the ceremony or any of those things, that’s strictly going to benefit the families.”

A dual funeral service will be on Thursday, 10am, at Grace Community Church on the Gulf Freeway.

Pat Hernandez, KUHF…Houston Public Radio News.   

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