Wind-whipped Fire Destroys Houston Apartment Complex Under Construction

By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
March 27, 2014; 4:00 AM ET
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Windy conditions helped spread a fire Tuesday that destroyed an apartment complex under construction in Houston, fire officials said.

The fire was reported about 12:30 p.m. CDT, northwest of downtown Houston, and quickly escalated to a five-alarm response by the Houston Fire Department.

One person was rescued from the scene but was not injured, the fire department said in a news release. All the construction workers were accounted for.

At the time of the fire, winds were out of the northeast between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts up to 23 mph, Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, officials said.

Weather shouldn't play a factor in the investigation and cleanup, Kottlowski said.

"It will be clear tonight and the winds will drop," he said. "Humidity will increase tonight and tomorrow."

More than 80 units have been dispatched to the scene with more than 200 personnel. At least 14 ladder companies, 26 engine companies and 5 EMS transport units were responded.

In this photo provided by Christopher Laski, a large apartment complex under construction is consumed by fire, sending black smoke billowing into the sky and drawing hundreds of emergency personnel, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Houston. Houston fire officials say no injuries have been reported as a result of the dramatic blaze first reported about 12:30 p.m., CST, Tuesday. (AP Photo/ Christopher Laski)


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