Parents, kids escape north Houston home as flames shoot from roof

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on April 4, 2013 at 6:14 AM

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HOUSTON -- Firefighters were called to an early morning fire that a north Houston family narrowly escaped from.

The fire was reported around 3 a.m. Thursday on Old Creek Road at Casa Grande Drive, according to the Houston Fire Department.

The first responders on the scene found heavy flames shooting from the roof and back area of the one-story house. They were able to get the fire under control before it burned down the entire structure.

The family inside, including two adults and a two young children, managed to make it out safely. Family members said they were awake at the time of the blaze and made it out safely because one of them saw flames shooting from a vent. No injuries were reported.

“She’s just overwhelmed by everything that’s going on,” said Noemi Castillo, who is the mother of one of the displaced tenants. “I’m just glad they got out – her and the children. They got out safe. They’re uncle lives two houses down and they were able to go over there.”

The family was renting the home but said they did not have renter’s insurance.

The mother said this is not the first time her daughter has had to deal with tragedy. She’s still recovering from a car accident that left her nearly paralyzed.

Investigators believe an electrical short in the attic started the blaze.

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