HFD: Apartment fire is latest in series of similar arsons

May 21, 2011 10:09:01 AM PDT
Houston firefighters are investigating a two-alarm apartment fire they say is similar to several recent arsons in the area. The latest in this rash of intentionally-set fires happened around 5:30am Saturday at an apartment complex on S. Ripple Creek at Woodway in west Houston.

The Houston Fire Department arrived to flames and smoke coming from the door and stairway that goes to four apartment units.

Firefighters rescued four people who were trapped because that entry was the only way in and out of those apartments.

One child and one adult were transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but no major injuries were reported, officials said.

The blaze burned the entry way, stairs and door, but did not make it into any of the units.

According to HFD, someone poured a flammable substance on the stairs and lit the fire.

Investigators said they have had a rash of fires that were intentionally set at the entrances of buildings over the last couple months.

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