Residents flee from burning apartments

May 22, 2008 8:41:02 AM PDT
Residents scrambled to escape a two-alarm apartment fire in northwest Houston.The fire started 1am on Holly View near Statler. Fire crews were at the scene for about four hours. When they arrived, there were flames shooting from the second floor of the apartment building that was on fire.

There are a total of 16 units in that building. At least six of them sustained smoke and fire damage. Another six sustained some smoke and water damage.

At least one person was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Because of the time of the fire, crews weren't sure if there were people trapped inside the building, so they called for a second alarm.

"We pulled a second alarm because we needed more assistance on this apartment building. We have the fire contained at this time," said Deputy Chief Terry Stone with the Houston Fire Department.

This is not the first time fire crews have responded to this complex. Another fire broke out in another building in August 2007. Some of the residents say they never thought that when they were watching that fire that their building would be the next to catch fire.

The manager said he will move the displaced residents into vacant apartments. However, residents say there is no electricity in those vacant apartments so they really don't have any use for them at this time.

The Red Cross has been notified to help residents. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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