House fire spreads to second home in Sharpstown area


The fire broke out after 5am on Bellaire Boulevard at Larkwood.

When fire crews arrived on the scene they found the first home fully engulfed in flames. The flames quickly spread to a second home.

"I was asleep someone knocked on the door and said, 'Get out. Get out,'" said fire victim Maria Flores.

When Flores woke up, she found nearly half of her Bellaire Boulevard home on fire after a blaze broke out at her next door neighbor's house. The flames leaped to her roof.

"I'm like still in shock. Right now I don't know how to take anything right now," Flores said.

<> She was caring for a sick friend.

"She just had open heart surgery," said Flores.

She had no time to search for her two pets. She grabbed her friend and rushed out as firefighters fought to save her home and the house next door.

"We had one house totally involved and we had a second house catching from the exposure from the wind and weather conditions," said

Houston firefighters say there were two people inside that burning home, a woman was able to escape but her male companion was trapped and had to be rescued from the garage. Both of them were transported to the hospital.

A firefighter who rescued Flores' dog, Melissa, bit that firefighter in the hand. The firefighter was transported for the injury and is expected to be OK.

"The firefighter told me, 'She's biting. She's biting.' That's why he held her mouth and hands," said Flores. "She was scared and she finally went inside my nightgown," said Flores.

Flores is now staying with a neighbor and counting her blessings as fire officials try to figure out how this all happened.

Flores told Eyewitness News she is still searching for her cat, Sylvester.

HFD arson is investigating the cause of the fire.

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