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    Texas Firefighter Killed, Four Injured Battling House Fire

    Texas Firefighter Killed, Four Injured Battling House Fire

    Updated: 12-21-2004 12:11:17 PM

    KRISTOPHER BANKS
    Courtesy of The Baytown Sun

    BAYTOWN, TX -- A Baytown firefighter was killed and four others suffered second-degree burns while battling a two-alarm house fire on Burning Tree Monday afternoon.

    The fallen firefighter, Nito Guajardo, 24, had been with the department for about a year and was stationed at Fire Station No. 1 on Garth Road.

    Neighbors reported seeing smoke at the house at 4803 Burning Tree Drive in the Country Club Oaks subdivision at 3:11 p.m. Fire engines arrived at 3:15 p.m.

    The one-story home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

    Eight firefighters entered the building under the assumption the house was occupied.

    Firefighters in the house simultaneously decided the fire was too hot to continue an interior attack and reported one firefighter missing at 3:25 p.m., "all in the same breath," said Lt. Howard Gudgell, an investigator with the fire marshal's office.

    "When they came out, he wasn't there," he said.

    Firefighters continued to battle the blaze outside the house. They discovered Guajardo lying near the front door at 3:44 p.m., while the fire was still burning. Paramedics performed CPR on him on the front lawn, but could not save his life. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Guajardo's death is the first for the Baytown Fire Department in nearly 30 years.

    Four others were injured in the blaze. Three were treated at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, and one was treated at the scene. Three were from Station No. 1 and one was from Station No. 2 on Market Street, Gudgell said.

    No one was inside the house when the fire broke out.

    The causes of both the fire and the increase in the flames

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    Texas City Mourns Loss of One of its Bravest

    Updated: 12-23-2004 01:21:17 PM

    KRISTOPHER BANKS
    Courtesy of The Baytown Sun

    BAYTOWN, TX -- Nito Guajardo's name was released shortly before 10 p.m. Monday, and few details were available Monday night about his life. But from the manner of his death, Baytonians have already been able to identify the kind of courage he possessed.

    "It

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    Fallen firefighter to be honored

    By Austin Kinghorn
    Baytown Sun
    Published September 11, 2005

    The Baytown Fire Department

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    Investigation Under Way In Blaze That Killed Firefighter

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    Posted on Wednesday, December 22 @ 05:05:00 PST by Director


    BAYTOWN, Texas -- Federal and state authorities joined the investigation of a house blaze that left a rookie Baytown fireman dead and four other firefighters injured.

    Nito Guajardo, 24, was one of eight firefighters who entered the home in the 4800 block of Burning Tree in the Country Club neighborhood at 3:15 p.m. Monday.

    "It's standard operating procedure," said Lt. Howard Gudgell, an investigator with the fire marshal's office. "They assumed someone was home."

    The one-story home was engulfed in flames. It turned out the home was vacant.

    "All I can surmise is something went wrong inside and the first entry crew decided that it was time to get out. It got too hot for them to stay inside," Gudgell said.

    At 3:25 p.m., the crew inside reported that a firefighter was missing.

    But officials said the flames were so intense, firefighters were forced to stay outside the home for 19 more minutes.

    Guajardo's body was found at 3:44 p.m. in a foyer near the living room.

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    Questions Remain Unanswered In Death of Fallen Texas Firefighter

    Updated: 12-29-2004 05:17:01 PM

    KRISTOPHER BANKS
    Courtesy of The Baytown Sun

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    Visitation Held For Fallen Firefighter
    Funeral Takes Place Friday

    Story by Click2Houston

    HOUSTON -- Family and friends of a fallen Baytown firefighter prepared Thursday to say their final farewells.

    Nito Guajardo, 24, died Monday fighting a house fire in the 4800 block of Burning Tree in the Country Club neighborhood at about 3:15 p.m.

    Four other firefighters received second-degree burns in the blaze that engulfed the home.

    Visitation was held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Forest Park East cemetery, 21620 Gulf Freeway, in Webster.

    Guajardo's funeral will take place Friday at 10 a.m. at Grace Community Church, 14505 Gulf Freeway.

    Officials do not yet know the cause of the fire.

    Inspectors from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, along with state fire marshals are investigating because of Guajardo's death.

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    Guajardo, Nito Rene

    Age: 24
    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Asphyxiation
    Classification: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 12/20/2004
    Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
    Incident Time: 15:19
    Activity Type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
    Death Date: 12/20/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Baytown Fire & Rescue
    201 E. Wye Drive
    Baytown , Texas 77521
    Chief: Shon Blake

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter Guajardo and the members of his quint company responded to a fire in a residential structure. Upon arrival on the scene, they found a working fire. Firefighters, including Firefighter Guajardo, advanced an attack line into the interior of the structure. When conditions deteriorated, firefighters withdrew from the structure and conducted an accountability check. Firefighter Guajardo was found to be missing. Firefighters could not immediately reenter the structure due to fire conditions. Once conditions allowed, Firefighter Guajardo was discovered near the front door of the residence and removed to the exterior. Firefighter Guajardo had been out of contact for 19 minutes prior to being discovered. Treatment was initiated but was not successful in reviving Firefighter Guajardo. Asphyxiation and burns caused his death. A report on this incident will be prepared by the Texas State Fire Marshal. The report will be available at http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/fire/fmloddinvesti.html

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Pending

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2004

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