Fire damages two-dozen units at apartment complex

May 13, 2010 9:53:17 AM PDT
Wind fueled a two-alarm fire that erupted Wednesday afternoon at an apartment complex in north Houston.

A firefighter tells us only a few units were initially damaged, but strong winds on Wednesday afternoon helped the fire gain momentum and spread quickly.

At about 5pm, SkyEye was over the scene of the two-alarm fire at the Driscoll Place Apartments, in an area northwest of Greenspoint Mall. Footage of the scene shows firefighters were met with heavy fire and smoke fanned by strong winds.

The entire third floor of the building, where the fire originated, was a total loss; the first and second floors sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

As news broke of the fire, many residents rushed home to see if their unit was damaged.

And resident Brian Artiga tells us he, his wife and little girl lost everything in the fire.

"I had my TVs, my furniture. my bed," Artiga said. "I had just gotten two big screen TV's like two days ago, and I guess I lost them too."

Investigators are still looking into the source of the blaze.

Despite 24 units being damaged, there were no injuries.

The Red Cross and apartment managers are now assisting the homeless residents.


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