3-alarm fire destroys warehouse near downtown Houston

The flames were so big they caused some damage to neighboring condos, Houston fire officials said
February 10, 2014 4:00:58 AM PST
Houston firefighters were battling a three-alarm fire overnight just east of downtown, and the cause of the blaze is now under investigation.

It started around midnight at a warehouse in the 3100 block of Polk Street.

The Houston Fire Department said this was a defensive fire from the start, meaning they were forced to fight it from the outside.

Since there appeared to be no one inside and no injuries, the priority was making sure that the fire stayed away from neighboring structures, including the condominium complex to the west of it. Some units sustained only minor damage.

"We have some condos on the west side of this warehouse that are brand new," HFD spokesperson Jay Evans said. "We were a little bit of exposure problem when we got here, and we were able to get two 3.5-inch lines on those condos, and we have no major damage to the condos."

HFD was not sure what was inside the warehouse or whether it was even in use before the fire broke out.

No injuries were reported. Arson is looking into the cause.

The investigation has Polk Street blocked in both directions at Palmer near the Southwest Freeway.

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