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    Arson Blaze Claims Two Houston Bravest

    Arson Blaze Claims Two Houston Bravest

    Father of Three, Former Combat Challenge Finalist Die When Roof Collapses


    Houston Arson investigators are filing murder charges today against three adults and one juvenile suspect in connection with the early morning multiple-alarm McDonald's restaurant fire, 12602 Bissonnet that claimed the life of two firefighters on Monday.

    Pedro Isreal Loredo, 19, Juan Manuel Torres, 18 and Allen Gerome Davis each confessed to breaking into the restaurant and setting the fire to cover up a burglary, police said.

    A 15-year-old Hispanic male has been referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation Department on a charge of murder. The 15-year-old was employed as an assistant manager at the McDonald

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    Smith, Kimberly Ann

    Age: 30
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 02/14/2000
    Incident Time: 05:01
    Death Date: 02/14/2000

    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Nature of Death: Asphyxiation (includes drowning)
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Search and Rescue
    Fixed Prop. Use: Public Assembly

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Houston Fire Department
    1205 Dart Street
    Houston, Texas 77007
    Chief: Acting Chris Connealy

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter Mayo and Firefighter Smith responded with Engine Company 76, three other engines, two ladder companies, two chief officers, an ambulance, and support staff to the report of a fire in a McDonald

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    Mayo III, Lewis Evans

    Age: 44
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 02/14/2000
    Incident Time: 05:01
    Death Date: 02/14/2000

    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Nature of Death: Asphyxiation (includes drowning)
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Search and Rescue
    Fixed Prop. Use: Public Assembly

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Houston Fire Department
    1205 Dart Street
    Houston, Texas 77007
    Chief: Acting Chris Connealy

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter Mayo and Firefighter Smith responded with Engine Company 76, three other engines, two ladder companies, two chief officers, an ambulance, and support staff to the report of a fire in a McDonald

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    Memorial Placed At Houston's Station 76

    Memorial Placed At Houston's Station 76
    Story and Photos Courtesy Houston Fire Department


    Just two months ago, southwest Houston's Fire Station 76, located at 7200 Cook Rd., was decorated with flowers and poems in memory of Firefighters Lewis Mayo and Kimberly Smith who tragically lost their lives in a Feb. 14 three-alarm fire at McDonald's restaurant, located at 12300 Bissonnet. Now, a permanent monument resides in front of the station so that Kim and Lewis will always be remembered.

    On Monday, April 17 at 10 a.m., the Mayo and Smith families visited the fire station where their loved one once worked. Firefighters who responded to that tragic fire stood among the families as the monument was officially "unveiled." Among the guests were Fire Chief Lester Tyra, members of the HFD Command Staff, Steve Williams, Houston Professional Firefighters Association, Local 341; Terri Mayo, widow of Lewis Mayo, and children Eric, Richard and Vanessa; Roseann and Donald Smith, parents of Kimberly Smith; Bud McDonald, Kimberly's fianc

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    Teens Sentenced In Houston Blaze That Took Two Bravest

    Teens Sentenced In Houston Blaze That Took Two Bravest

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    A Houston jury decided the fate today of three teenagers convicted in the deaths of two firefighters in February following closing arguments and emotional testimony from the families of the victims during the penalty phase of the trial, officials said.

    Allen Gerome Davis, 17, received 15 years at the Texas Department of Corrections, Pedro Isreal Loredo, 19, received 35 years and his brother Juan Manuel Torres, 17, received 20 years. Each teenager also received $10,000 fines on each case, according to Stephanie Armand, court coordinator.

    Firefighter Lewis Mayo III, a 19-year-veteran, and Firefighter Kimberly Smith, on the job since 1995, were both part of the first due fire attack team assigned to Engine 76 at a McDonald's restaurant fire in the early morning hours of Feb. 14.

    The veterans were killed when a roof collapsed, causing the pair to become disoriented and separated from their officer. They died from smoke inhalation.

    The three teens were charged the day after the fire with felony murder and arson, and convicted Tuesday by the same jury. They faced sentences ranging from probation to life in prison.

    Lawyers for Davis and Loredo suggested during the trial that Torres et the fire intentionally out of anger that that three didn't make the big score they anticipated. Torres' attorney implied the blaze was accidental.

    During the sentencing hearing, prosecutors introduced evidence that Loredo may have been involved with or planned other robberies at McDonald's restaurants, the Houston Chronicle reported.

    The three teens admitted breaking into the darkened McDonald's early Feb. 14, armed with a cutting torches, a key and a safe code allegedly provided by an assistant manager. They claimed they left empty-handed, but prosecutors presented evidence that showed they the teens went on a spending spree after the restaurant burned.

    Prosecutors argued that the three burned the building to cover their tracks.

    The sentencing included emotional testimony from the families of the victims.

    Terri Mayo said she hadn't been able to sleep since her husband's death and the youngest of their three children continued to struggle with the loss, News2Houston reported.

    "She's mad at her father for leaving her,'' Mayo said.

    Buddy McDonald, Smith's fiance, said his November marriage had been replaced with a funeral.

    "I looked forward to spending the rest of my life with her ... I'm still in shock that she's not with me anymore,'' McDonald said.

    A 16-year-old McDonald's night manager and another man accused of helping the three plan the break-in are awaiting trial.

    Felony murder charges were levied rather than capital -- which could have resulted in the death penalty in Texas -- because Mayo and Smith died as a result of felony being committed, rather than being direct targets.

    Mayo was the father of three children ages 13 to 23. He was a soccer coach for his daughter's team and owned a lawn business on his off days.

    Smith was a Combat Challenge veteran who was actively involved in her community.

    "Kimberly loved being a firefighter," Smith's sister, Suzette told Firehouse.Com earlier this year. "She was a dedicated and loyal member of your fraternity,"

    News2Houston and The Associated Press contributed to this report



    http://www.firehouse.com/news/2000/9/7_sentence.html

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    Fourth Teen Sentenced For Houston Blaze

    Fourth Teen Sentenced For Houston Blaze

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    Sixteen-year-old Eson Orozco pleaded guilty yesterday to burglary in connection with the McDonald's fire that claimed the lives of two firefighters February 14. Orozco, the night manager, received a two-year sentence.

    Jorge Correa, 23, was also charged with burglary and pleaded guilty. He asked for a sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for November 20.

    According to court papers and pretrial testimony, Orozco allegedly provided the burglars access to the business by giving them his keys. Authorities say that Correa helped plan the burglary but wasn't present when it happened.

    The three other teens involved in the incident received sentences last week, ranging from 15 to 35 years.

    Allen Gerome Davis, 17, received 15 years at the Texas Department of Corrections, Pedro Isreal Loredo, 19, received 35 years and his brother Juan Manuel Torres, 17, received 20 years. Each teenager also received $10,000 fines on each case, according to Stephanie Armand, court coordinator.

    Prosecutors argued that the three burned the building to cover their tracks. Lawyers for Davis and Loredo suggested during the trial that Torres set the fire intentionally out of anger that that three didn't make the big score they anticipated.

    Torres' attorney implied the blaze was accidental.

    Firefighter Lewis Mayo III, a 19-year-veteran, and Firefighter Kimberly Smith, on the job since 1995, were both part of the first due fire attack team assigned to Engine 76 at the fire in the early morning hours of Feb. 14.

    The veterans were killed when a roof collapsed, causing the pair to become disoriented and separated from their officer. They died from smoke inhalation.

    The three teens were charged the day after the fire with felony murder and arson, and convicted last Tuesday by the same jury.

    Felony murder charges were levied rather than capital -- which could have resulted in the death penalty in Texas -- because Mayo and Smith died as a result of felony being committed, rather than being direct targets.

    Mayo was the father of three children ages 13 to 23. He was a soccer coach for his daughter's team and owned a lawn business on his off days.

    Smith was a Combat Challenge veteran who was actively involved in her community. "Kimberly loved being a firefighter," Smith's sister, Suzette told Firehouse.Com earlier this year. "She was a dedicated and loyal member of your fraternity,"

    News2Houston and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


    http://www.firehouse.com/news/2000/9/15_houston.html

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