HOUSTON – Residents at west Houston apartment complex woke up to a two-alarm fire in their building early Saturday, fire officials said.
According to the Houston Fire Department, firefighters responded to the apartment fire around 3 a.m. at the complex located at Richmond Avenue near South Rice and found fire on the outside and in the attic of the units.
The apartments are older and have a large common attic that is a complete rectangle, fire officials said. This led firefighters to call the second alarm as they were concerned the fire might get out of hand.
However, the firefighters were able to contain the fire and kept the fire damage to the attic and one outside column.
“I woke up from the fire department actually, trying to wake me up, break down the door,” one apartment resident said. “I got up, there wasn’t any fire in my apartment. Just hauled me out and now they are taking care of it.”
According to HFD, the fire started at the bottom of a two story wood column, traveled up the column and into the attic.
One unit had some minor fire damage and a second unit had some water and smoke damage, fire officials said.
HFD said there were no injuries reported and their Arson Unit is investigating the cause of the fire.