San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood briefs the press on the death of firefighter during a shopping center fire on Thursday, May 19, 2017 (KVUE video)
SAN ANTONIO (KVUE) - One San Antonio firefighter was killed and two others were injured Thursday night while fighting a massive blaze at a shopping center on the city's northwest side. San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood confirmed the death of Scott Deem, a six-year veteran of the department.
"This is very difficult because the fire was so intense. We started having structural collapses, and we had to go defensive," he said. "(It was a) very rough decision to leave a firefighter behind. That's not what we do, but we had the risk of losing an additional 15 to 20 firefighters if we did not go defensive on this fire."