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Former Houston Fire Captain Dies From Injuries In 2013 Southwest Inn Fire

Cpt. William Dowling died Tuesday due to complications from injuries he suffered in the devastating Southwest Inn fire nearly four years ago, according to the Houston Fire Department.

Former Houston Fire Department Cpt. William Dowling died Tuesday due to complications from injuries he suffered in the devastating Southwest Inn fire nearly four years ago.

Four other Houston firefighters were killed in the fire that broke out on May 31, 2013 in southwest Houston. The fire is considered the deadliest day in Houston Fire Department history, HFD officials said.  

Dowling joined the Houston Fire Department on March 21, 2000 and retired on June 1, 2013 after he was severely injured in the fire. He suffered severe burns and had both of his legs amputated. 

“Captain Dowling left us on the day we were honoring our first responders at the Houston Rodeo,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement released Tuesday evening. “He was truly a hero whose service to the city will not be forgotten.  I ask all Houstonians to pray for his family and friends.”

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