Scott Deem

Deputy State Fire Marshal Lt. B. Fine / State Fire Marshal’s Office

A report by the State Fire Marshal’s office says the death of San Antonio firefighter Scott Deem last year was preventable. The 60 page document released Friday highlights actions taken by firefighters and commanding officers at the scene at the Ingram Square Shopping Center last year.

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

Friday, hundreds of San Antonio firefighters from across Texas remembered 31-year old Scott Deem, one of their own, as a loyal father and husband, and for heroics in his final hours.

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood says the fire that killed firefighter Scott Deem at a northwest strip mall last week was one of the worst fires in the history of the department.  Several hundred firefighters responded.  Fire investigators are still looking for the cause.


Chief Hood says investigators don’t yet know what caused the fatal fire. He says it’s too early to determine if any policies will need to be changed due to the fire and death of 31-year-old Scott Deem.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Fire Department has suffered the loss of one of its own.  Thirty-one-year-old firefighter Scott Deem was killed in a four alarm fire at a northwest side strip mall overnight.  Deem was called ‘heroic’ by Fire Chief Charles Hood and remembered at several memorials set up around San Antonio.

"We are heartbroken. We are disappointed that we could not get him out. But I could not be happier about or prouder of the efforts to give him every chance of survival,” Hood said