Residents escape fast moving apartment fire

Firefighters battled a 2-alarm blaze at an apartment complex in north Houston on Tuesday.

February 16, 2011 8:57:09 AM PST
Several people could be looking for a new place to live after flames ripped through an apartment complex last night. It happened around 9pm Tuesday at the Woodborough apartments on Hollow Tree at Cypress Station in north Harris County. At least 70 firefighters turned out to help battle the two-alarm fire, which destroyed four units and damaged two others.

"Upon our arrival or shortly thereafter we had heavy fire in about a third of the building," said Ponderosa Fire Chief Fred Windisch. "The first four apartments are heavily damaged, in fact destroyed. The next two we cut off the fire but they do have heavy damage in it also."

Residents described the fire that forced them out of their apartments.

"I was a whole bunch of fire," said resident Alyiah Jones. "I was like, 'Oh my God!'"

"I see a little smoke coming up and then I told one of my friends and he was like, 'No, it's not smoke,'" said resident Wilddel Derivel. "When we went to go look in the back door, we saw a whole bunch of fire just coming up and I don't even know what happened after that."

The Ponderosa, Klein, Little York, Spring and Aldine fire departments responded to this fire. They say it looks like it started in a first floor apartment unit.

The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office did tell us the fire was incendiary which means that it was intentionally set. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No one was injured in the blaze.