KINGWOOD, Texas — A Houston firefighter collapsed and died Wednesday afternoon after battling a 2-alarm house fire in Kingwood.
Daniel Groover, 47, was in "extremely critical condition" after being rushed to the hospital from Wednesday's house fire.
The fire happened in the 1400 block of Mistletoe near Redbud and was reported around 4 p.m.
Neighbors reported hearing several small explosions that sounded like fireworks.
"It sounded like multiple explosions," said witness Annett Doggett.
Fireighters from Station 104 quickly showed up to the burning home. The blaze quickly went to two alarms and firefighters cleared out of the burning home and went into defensive mode.
HFD received a call as "firefighter down in the backyard," according to HFD spokesperson Jay Evans.
Groover collapsed on the scene.
"Fellow firefighters were right there with him," said HFD Chief Terry Garrison. "They had him out of the structure right away."
Groover was rushed to Kingwood Medical Center.
Mayor Annise Parker went to the hospital when she learned about the firefighter.
Several firefighters were also seen at the hospital Wednesday evening. They planned to form a procession when Groover's body was taken away.
The homeowner wasn't home at time, but neighbors called to tell her about the fire. Three dogs were inside the home. At last check, two of them had been accounted for.