Residents at Midtown transitional home flee from burning building

Firefighters say gusty winds made it difficult to put out flames at two-story building
January 6, 2014 4:30:18 AM PST
Firefighters say winds helped whip up a fire, burning through a two-story building in Midtown overnight.

This happened around 2:30am at a two-story transitional house on Francis and Caroline, just north of the HCC Central Campus.

Firefighters say the fire started in the corner of the building and they believe gusty winds help spread the flames. Seven people were inside the building when the fire started and escaped through the front door. Everyone got out OK.

Fire officials say because of the strong winds, they had a difficult time getting the fire under control.

"Originally we were going to try to go interior, to fight the fire interior but the wind was blowing so hard and the fire was on the north side of the house," said District Chief Leonardo Mikeska with the Houston Fire Department. "It was blowing from the north, we declared it a wind driven fire. So, we have procedures in place to deal with that situation."

The fire has since been put out but crews are monitoring any hot spots.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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