HFD: Electrical problem causes 3-alarm blaze at assisted living center


by khou.com staff


Posted on March 21, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 23 at 11:17 AM

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HOUSTON – More than 200 people were evacuated as firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze Monday at an assisted-living center in west Houston, officials said.

The fire broke out at about 3:45 p.m. at the Treemont Retirement Center, located at Westerland Road at Westheimer Road.

Aerial video showed large flames and thick smoke flowing from the roof of a three-level building as residents, some in wheelchairs and others using walkers, were evacuated.

The Treemont Retirement Center sits on eight and a half acres, according to its website. It is composed of three buildings, and the fire was centered in one building.

Firefighters went door-to-door, searching the building for residents until around 5:20 p.m., when they received a warning to retreat because the building was no longer stable.

One firefighter was placed on a stretcher for treatment after he complained of chest pains, officials said.

He was expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday.

The fire was deep seated in the walls and multiple roofs, officials said. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire at about 7 p.m.

The cause was determined to be electrical in nature. 

All occupants safely made it out and were accounted for with the help of the owner and staff. The residents were all relocated.