HOUSTON - A large two-alarm apartment fire was reported in west Houston early Monday.
Flames were shooting from multiple units at the Westchase Ranch apartments on Hayes Road near Wickersham Lane, not far from West Beltway 8 and Westheimer Road.
The fire broke out at about 5:37 a.m.
It’s a terrible case of déjà vu as this is the second major fire at the complex since May.
The first residents awakened by the smell of smoke started banging on doors to alert their neighbors.
“It was just like an inferno like a barbecue pit went way out of control, said resident Carmen Argueta.
“I couldn’t grab anything but just some shorts,” said Torrey Byron, another resident.
The fire quickly ripped through Building 36, not leaving much time for residents to save their belongings before 16 units were destroyed.
“I just woke up and the kitchen was on fire,” said resident Torrey Byron.
Byron says the fire sparked above his stove, but doesn’t know how because he says he was asleep and hadn’t been cooking.
“I came home with barbecue, so there was no reason for me to cook,” said Byron.
Luckily no one was hurt, but a dog had to be rescued.
Several families are now looking for a new place to live. The Red Cross is on the scene assisting victims.
As of 6:40 a.m. heavy smoke was still pouring from the building that was badly damaged, but the fire appeared to be under control.
HFD arson investigators are now looking into the exact cause of the fire.
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