HOUSTON— The fire at an apartment complex under construction crackled like kindling in a fire place near West Dallas Avenue and Montrose Tuesday afternoon.
The massive five-alarm blaze triggered a five alarm response from HFD.
"There are about 150 firefighters currently working to get this fire under control," said HFD Captain Ruy Lozano.
That number would grow to more than 200.
It was an intense fight against the raging flames and the heat, which became almost overwhelming at times to firefighters draped in full gear.
"It was hot," said one firefighter who said he had been on the force for about five years. "You could feel it all the way from here on this side, all the way to where that other ladder truck is on that side."
The searing heat forced portions of the building to give way.
"Because it was under construction, a lot of things were exposed and we’re having a lot of collapses of the construction in different areas," added Lozano.
Firefighters pulled a construction worker to safety and took stock of an intense fight they don’t often see.
"That was one of the biggest ones I’ve been in," said a firefighter.
Amazingly, no one was injured in the fire.