Family escapes 3-home fire in Third Ward

A fire at a home under construction spread to a pair of neighboring homes, including one that was setup with multiple apartments inside.

HOUSTON – A fire at a home under construction spread to a pair of neighboring homes, including one that was setup with multiple apartments inside.

“Right now we’re trying to figure out what they’re going to do,” said Dorothy Watkins who lived in a second floor apartment with the daughter and three young children. “We were just panicking because everybody was asleep.”

Watkins said she made it out of her apartment with the clothes on her back and her cellphone which was used to call 911. Watkins also said she knocked on her neighbors doors. 

“We made sure everybody was out downstairs and in the back part of the house. Everybody got out of the house safely.”

According to the Houston Fire Department, it happened early Tuesday morning near Cleburne and Ennis in the Third Ward.

The 4 a.m. fire started at a two-story home under construction. Flames were shooting out of every angle, which caused homes on either side to catch fire.

The good news is firefighters say two of those homes had no one living in them.

“It was just intense. It was going fast. The windows were breaking,” said Watkins. “You could feel the heat.”

Houston firefighters are working to figure out the cause of the fire. Firefighters say no one was hurt.  

© 2017 KHOU-TV


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