Two Texas fire lieutenants died of burns after a Knights of Columbus lodge fire Saturday, a city official told the Associated Press.
Gregory Pickard and Eric Wallace worked for the fire department in the Central Texas city of Bryan. They were in the group that responded to the fire about midnight Friday, city spokeswoman Mary Lynne Stratta told the Associated Press.
Wallace, a 13-year veteran, was in the lodge looking for occupants and said over his radio he was running low on oxygen, The Los Angeles Times reported.
When Wallace did not come out of the building Pickard and two other firefighters rushed in to get him and were also overcome with smoke, The Los Angeles Times reported.
A response unit found the men inside the building, the other two firefighters were injured, the Associated press reported.
Wallace died at the scene and Pickard died in a local hospital in the burn unit, The Los Angeles Times reported.
The Texas State Fire Marshall's office is investigating the cause of the fire, the Associated Press reported.
Services for Wallace are scheduled for Thursday while a service for Pickard is still pending, the Associated Press reported.