San An­to­nio fire­fighter killed, 2 in­jured in blaze at strip mall

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SAN AN­TO­NIO — A San An­to­nio fire­fighter was killed and two oth­ers were se­ri­ously hurt while bat­tling a blaze at a strip mall that grew so in­tense that fire crews were forced to re­treat as parts of the build­ing col­lapsed.

Fire Chief Charles Hood said fire­fight­ers en­tered the mall Thurs­day night to en­sure no peo­ple were in­side the var­i­ous busi­nesses and also to at­tack flames from the in­te­rior. But fire­fight­ers were forced to pull back as the build­ing weak­ened, he said.

Fire­fighter Scott Deem, 31, the fa­ther of two chil­dren, was later found dead among the de­bris. His wife is preg­nant with their third child.

About 100 fire­fight­ers stood in salute as an am­bu­lance car­ried away his body early Fri­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have not said what caused the fire.

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