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Firefighter dies, 3 injured in South Texas fire

Published On: Feb 16 2013 02:50:54 PM CST

BRYAN, Texas -

BRYAN, Texas (AP) - A firefighter has died and three others were injured after responding to a blaze at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bryan.
    
City spokeswoman Mary Stratta said Saturday that 36-year-old Lt. Eric Wallace died while fighting the fire overnight.
    
Three others were transported to hospital burn units: 54-year-old Lt. Gregory Pickard, 30-year-old Ricky Mantey Jr. and 21-year-old Mitchel Moran. Stratta said their conditions were unknown.
    
Firefighters from Bryan and nearby College Station were called to the KC Hall at about 11:20 p.m. Friday. Stratta said Wallace's team went into the structure, but was ordered to evacuate.
    
Wallace didn't come out and called for help, saying he was low on air. She said rapid response units found Wallace, a 13-year veteran, inside.
    
The Texas State Fire Marshal's office is investigating.