Mr. Speaker, last Thursday, a chemical warehouse in my Texas district exploded into a startling inferno. Fiery containers of chemicals shot into the air like rockets.

The smoke and heat were intense. But the Houston Fire Department quickly answered the alarm. Mr. Speaker, over 200 firefighters from 32 fire stations responded to the hellish inferno.

Spring Branch Elementary and nearby homes were evacuated. But the smoke and fire were conquered. The school and homes were saved.

Not one person was injured. Mr. Speaker, firefighters are a special breed. They risk their lives to save our lives.

They restore order from chaos. These firefighters are to be thanked and appreciated.

Firefighter courage and dedication to protecting us is part of what makes them a special breed. While others flee in haste of impending danger, the firefighter, with sirens, red lights, horns, red and white trucks, charge into the jaws of heat, smoke, and fire to defeat and conquer danger.

Mr. Speaker, Houston firefighters answered the alarm—they always answer the alarm.

I want to recognize the station numbers of the Houston Firefighter who answered the call of the Spring Branch Fire in Houston, Texas on May 5th, 2016. Station Number 2, Station Number 4, Station Number 5, Station Number 6, Station Number 8, Station Number 10, Station Number 11, Station Number 12, Station Number 13, Station Number 15, Station Number 17, and Station Number 22. Station Number 24, Station Number 28, Station Number 30, Station Number 31, Station Number 38, Station Number 39, Station Number 42, Station Number 49, Station Number 50, Station Number 51, Station Number 57, and Station Number 60. Station Number 62, Station Number 66, Station Number 67, Station Number 69, Station Number 75, Station Number 77, Station Number 78, Station Number 83, Members from OEC (Office of Emergency Communications), and Village Fire Department (Mutual Aid).

And that is just the way it is.