Three overnight fires keep Houston crews busy

January 7, 2011 1:28:20 PM PST
Firefighters are looking into a trio of blazes across the Houston area overnight, the last of which broke out just before 3am in north Houston. That fire, which is believed to have been caused by a space heater, gutted the home. Miraculously, the two people inside were able to get out safety, even with one of the residents waking up to fire on her body.

According to family members, a woman woke up to find her mattress on fire and flames had reached her thigh. Within minutes, it spread to her arm.

She was able to roll around and get that fire out. She and her 27-year-old nephew were able to get out of the home safely.

"Thank you, Father," said Frances Hernandez, whose sister was hurt in the fire. "I'm so grateful that they got out alive and well. Everything else can be replaced."

The homeowner made it out safely. His aunt was burned on her hand and leg, and was treated at the scene.

The aunt had just moved into the home two days ago from San Antonio.

There were two other fires Houston crews had to respond to overnight. One of them was on Ley Road on the northeast side of town. Firefighters found flames shooting from the side of the house around 1:30am, but were quickly able to put them out. Firefighters believe someone intentionally set the fire, so arson teams are now investigating.

Flames were also spotted about 10 minutes later at a home on Malmedy and Calais on the south side of town. An elderly woman lives at the home and she was able to make it out safely, but the house is a total loss. Arson teams are also looking into this one.

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