PASADENA, Texas – A quick moving fire forced apartment residents in Pasadena to abandon everything so they could escape with their lives.
The flames flared up at the Cinnamon Ridge Apartments in the 6500 block of Spencer Highway around 5:30 p.m.
According to the Pasadena Fire Department, wind helped fuel the fire that spread through 12 units.
Heavy flames and smoke could be seen for miles. The fire continued to rage for hours.
“I ran out to the patio, and I looked and saw flames coming off the porch! I freakin’ get my kids, and said, everybody get out, get out,” explained Shelly Tevanian, a mother of three.
Tevanian works the night shift and was sleeping when the fire started.
She was awoken from a deep sleep by her 12-year-old daughter. The family had just seconds to run out with only the clothes on their backs.
“(I’m) sad and mad this happened. We don’t have a home no more,” cried 12-year-old Kayley Tevanian.
Fire officials confirm this isn’t the fire time that an intense fire has sent residents evacuating and fire scrambling at this complex.
The most recent one happened back in 2010. At that time, investigators believed an electrical problem was to blame.
The Pasadena Fire Department was not speculating on a cause on this latest fire. However, authorities said the older model construction at Cinnamon Ridge makes things more difficult.
“It doesn’t have fire stops. We don’t have attics. We don’t have a fire sprinkler system in there. There aren’t fire alarms in there,” said Fire Marshal David Brannon.
Several residents were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation, but there were no reports of any serious injuries.
The Red Cross was assisting several families that lost everything.