Texas Firefighter Killed at Blaze
The Denison fire chief also was hit by the debris

Updated: 12-31-2006 11:29:31 AM

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Firefighters in Denison, Texas are mourning the loss of a colleague.

Firefighter Phillip Townsend, 31, was killed Saturday while battling a fire at an appliance store.

Townsend and Fire Chief Gordan Weger were hit and buried after an awning collapsed without warning, according to published reports.

Both were transported to Texoma Medical Center in Denison where Townsend was pronounced dead. Weger was released after treatment.

Townsend, the father of three, had been with Denison Fire Department for the past 13 months.

Funeral Information

Visitation at for Firefighter Townsend is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Fisher Funeral Home 604 W. Main Street, Denison, Texas 75020.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 1 pm at The Truth Tabernacle Church, 3411 Hwy 75 S. Exit 67, Denison, Texas 75020

Fire departments wishing to participate in the funeral services need to be at the church by 12 noon.

A processional from the church to Kemp Cemetery in Kemp, Oklahoma will follow services.