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Car battery warehouse catches fire, forces evacuation of nearby apartments

HFD hazmat officials are testing the water runoff and the air quality for any issues.

HOUSTON — The Houston Fire Department is taking air quality samples in a north side neighborhood after a car battery business caught fire overnight.

The fire was reported shortly before 1 a.m. Friday at the Battery Depot in the 3200 block of the North Freeway, just south of the 610 Loop.

Deputy Chief D. Harrison said firefighters were called to a dumpster fire, but they found the warehouse was also burning. About half of the business burned before the fire was put out.

The apartments next door had to evacuate for a short period of time.

The business sells refurbished car batteries. HFD hazmat officials are testing the water runoff and the air quality for any issues.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.