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    LODD Two Texas Firefighters Killed at House Fire

    Two Texas Firefighters Killed at House Fire
    The volunteers died at the scene


    Updated: 08-03-2007 09:16:33 AM

    KENNETH DEAN
    Tyler Morning Telegraph


    Firefighters battle a blaze at a Flint home along Old Jacksonville Highway.

    Two volunteer firefighters were killed this morning when a burning home in Flint collapsed on them, said Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton. Two others were sent to East Texas Medical Center.

    The identities of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

    Seaton said Flint-Gresham VFD, responding to a 911 call, arrived at the home on Old Jacksonville Highway just south of FM 346 at 1:43 a.m.

    Firefighters called for help from Bullard and Noonday VFDs and two entered to attack the flames. Once inside, communications with the men were lost.

    Seaton said when Noonday volunteers then entered the house, the roof collapsed, causing a backdraft.

    Two died at the scene, Seaton said.

    "They died gallantly trying to put out the fire," Seaton said at the scene. "This is a blow and devastating to the entire firefighting community, especially among the volunteer firefighting department."

    Seaton said these are the first deaths of volunteer firefighters in county history.

    The occupants of the home escaped after a fire alarm went off.

    Huge flames were seen shooting from the roof. The home was destroyed.

    The cause is not immediately known.

    State and city of Tyler fire investigators remain on the scene this morning. State Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents arrived on the scene in the 7 a.m. hour to participate in the investigation.

    At daybreak, firefighters could be seen consoling one another. Behind them, smoke was rising from the charred debris. Firefighters remain on scene to extinguish "hot spots" in the blaze's aftermath. The Old Jacksonville Highway south of Gresham remains closed this morning. Officials were urging motorists to take an alternate route.

    TylerPaper.com is following the story, and will post more details as they become available.
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    The volunteers were not killed by the collapse

    Two Texas Firefighters Killed at House Fire
    The volunteers were not killed by the collapse


    Updated: 08-03-2007 05:02:54 PM


    KENNETH DEAN
    Courtesy of Tyler Morning Telegraph


    Firefighters battle a blaze at a Flint home along Old Jacksonville Highway.


    Capt. Kevin Williams, 42, and firefighter Austin Cheek, 19, were identified late this morning as the members of the Noonday Volunteer Fire Department who died while fighting a house fire overnight in Flint.

    Williams has been with the fire department for four years, and Cheek has been with the department for one year, according to Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton.

    The two Noonday firefighters were pulled from the burning house before the roof of the home collapsed this morning, said Noonday Volunteer Fire Department Chief Gary Aarant.

    Initial reports from the scene indicated that the roof of the burning home had collapsed on Williams and Cheek. However, Aarant said before noon today that he was in an ambulance with Cheek when he saw the roof of the burning house collapse.

    A rescue team of two firefighters was sent in when it was realized that Williams and Cheek were inside the structure longer than anticipated, Aarant said. That recovery team removed Cheek. A second rescue team entered the structure and brought out Williams, the chief said. Williams was transported to East Texas Medical Center by ambulance, but died before arriving there, Aarant said.

    Nothing on either firefighter indicated that the roof had collapsed on them, the chief added.

    TylerPaper.com is following the story, and more details will be reported as they become available.

    Republished with permission of Tyler Morning Telegraph
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    Kevin Williams, Austin Cheek

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