HFD releases photo of unknown man near southwest Houston motel fire that killed four firefighters


HFD says the unidentified man in the photo is not a suspect, but detectives would like to speak to him as part of their investigation. He was seen between 11:45am and noon on May 31 near the Southwest Inn. They say he could provide much-needed answers.

"We do know that he was involved in the parking lot area in the early stages of the fire. There was some smoke when he was there. So if anyone knows anything, we would appreciate that information so we can have an opportunity to interview and find out what they know," HFD Capt. Ruy Lozano said.

The fire injured several firefighters and killed Capt. Matthew Renaud, 35, who had been with the department for 11 1/2 years; engineer operator Robert Bebee, 41, who joined almost 12 years ago; firefighter Robert Garner, 29, who joined the department 2 1/2 years ago; and Anne Sullivan, 24, a probationary firefighter who had graduated in April from the Houston Fire Department Academy.

Just last week, we learned that Garner and Anne Sullivan died after being pinned under something and became unable to breathe. They say Garner also had head trauma. Renaud and Robert Bebee both died from breathing in smoke. Bebee also suffered severe burns.

Investigators say it could be April 2014 before we learn the exact cause of the fire. The motel itself was demolished in August.

Anyone with information regarding the man's identity is asked to contact the Houston Fire Department at 713-551-2239 or 713-551-2244.

No other details were immediately available.

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