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Texas motel fire injures 6 firefighters, 3 missing

HOUSTON (AP) - A fire that engulfed a Houston motel has injured at least six firefighters, including two critically, and three people are missing.

The mayor's spokeswoman, Jessica Michan, says two firefighters are hospitalized in critical condition, while four others suffered chest pains or leg injuries. She also says three people are missing.

The blaze broke out just after noon Friday at a restaurant and club at the Southwest Inn on U.S. 59, 1 of Houston's most heavily traveled expressways. Flames spread to the motel and were shooting from the roof before firefighters extinguished the blaze about two hours later.

The fire's cause hasn't been released. Phone messages with the fire department weren't immediately returned.

Temperatures in the low 90s and high humidity hampered firefighting efforts. Smoke from the fire snarled traffic.

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