Fire damages apartments at NW Houston complex
Flames gutted at least four apartments and damaged several others Monday evening after a fire broke out at a northwest Houston complex, officials said.
Thick clouds of smoke poured from a downstairs apartment about 7:15 p.m. when Houston firefighters pulled into the Willowchase Apartments in the 8300 block of Willow Place South, HFD officials said.
Despite early reports that someone might be trapped inside one of the apartments, an initial search by firefighters indicated that wasn't the case, officials said.
The fire was brought under control within about 45 minutes. There are no official reports of any injuries, although HFD officials at the scene were checking reports that someone might have gone to the hospital by private car.
Joe Felix and his family returned to the apartments after dinner to find the street in front of the complex blocked by several fire trucks.
"We wondered what happened. It's very concerning," Felix said.
Felix was greatful that his apartment escaped any damage but was worried about his neighbors.
"You don't want anything to happen to anybody — especially during the holidays," Felix said.
The building that caught fire has 12 units — of which 10 were occupied, HFD officials said.
"They (apartment managers) have plenty of units to house residents who were displaced," said HFD spokesman Patrick Trahan.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by HFD arson officers.
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