At least 15 families lose homes to fire

February 26, 2008 11:45:50 AM PST
A massive fire tore apart an apartment complex this morning, leaving several families to find a place to stay warm. The fire broke out at the complex just off of the Tomball Parkway on Lawrence Street just after 2:30am.

About six different fire departments responded to the scene because they weren't sure how many of the units at the Cobble Creek apartment complex were occupied. There were some initial reports of several people being trapped in the apartments, but firefighters later determined that everyone made it out safe.

The decision was made to evacuate six of the eight buildings because of the strong winds.

"It could have been much worse, especially with this wind that is approximately 25 to 30 miles per hour. That is one reason why we evacuated six of the eight buildings," said Detective McGullion with the Tomball Police Department. "But everything looks real good for most of those people, they will be able to go back in once the smoke is dispersed and everything is deemed safe."

Approximately 50 people are at a community center in downtown until they are given the clear to return to their homes.

One building was completely destroyed. At least 15 families will be looking for new homes. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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