1 hospitalized after Montrose tattoo shop on Westheimer goes up in flames, Houston firefighters say

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Friday, March 10, 2023
Video shows Montrose tattoo shop up in flames on Westheimer
An ABC13 viewer sent us a video of the Texas Tattoo Emporium as flames overtook the building. Firefighters said one person was taken to the hospital and are investigating what caused the incident.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston firefighters are investigating what led a Montrose tattoo parlor to go up in flames, leaving one person hospitalized on Thursday.

The Houston Fire Department said at about 3:45 p.m., it received reports of the fire in the 1500 block of Westheimer Road near Ridgewood Street.

A viewer sent ABC13 a video of the Texas Tattoo Emporium as flames overtook the building.

While crews were fighting the fire, officials said that a person was inside the building and didn't want to leave but was eventually convinced to come out.

The person was taken to a nearby hospital to get checked for possible smoke inhalation. It is unclear if the person inside was a client or an employee.

In an evening update, HFD also said that firefighters heard possible gunshots while putting out the flames. While authorities couldn't confirm there was a gun in the shop, they did say there was live ammunition inside.

Arson investigators are trying to determine what led to the fire.

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