Two-alarm fire leaves dozens homeless

April 30, 2008 10:00:44 AM PDT
A fire ripped through a west Houston apartment complex, leaving dozens of families homeless.It happened around 2:45am at the apartments on Merilee and Westheimer. When crews arrived on the scene, there were no flames. But there was lots of heavy smoke and that's what prompted one resident to call for help.

"I was walking my dog around the block and I was bringing him back upstairs and the next thing I know I saw smoke coming up from the upstairs, so I went to go investigate. The next thing you know, I'm on the phone calling 911," said resident Jimmy Tibe.

Tibe lives just above where investigators believe the fire started, which is in the workout room. Fire crews did have to rescue two women who were trying to escape. There were no other injuries to report.

The apartment complex manager says 30 to 40 units were damaged in some way, mostly by smoke. The Red Cross was called out to the scene.

Arson investigators are on the scene to help determine the cause of the fire.

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