Suspicious fire erupts at old NE Houston school

Images from scene of two-alarm fire at Tidwell Elementary School in northeast Houston

August 18, 2010 5:17:18 AM PDT
Firefighters battled flames at an old elementary school in northeast Houston Tuesday night. The two-alarm fire broke out at the old Tidwell Elementary School on Tidwell at Maddox. A North Forest ISD spokesperson said the school has been closed now for several years, but the building is used for storage for items like desks and shelving.

It took more than 100 firefighters to battle this two-alarm, almost three-alarm, fire. The Houston Fire Department says this looks suspicious because the fire appears to have started at four different points.

The building has power to one section, but it's usually kept off. We talked to one concerned neighbor who saw the smoke and called it in.

"I asked my son to come outside and see if I was right about seeing the smoke coming over the school and I happened to see it going to back and decided to call 911," said neighbor Marilyn Bradford.

It took firefighters more than an hour and a half to get the fire tapped out. They said it's a huge space with lots of equipment and the concrete roof was holding in the heat.

No one was inside the building during the fire.

The fire won't affect any schools starting classes next week.


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