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    Wind-whipped Fire Destroys Houston Apartment Complex Under Construction

    By By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    March 28, 2014, 12:06:48 AM EDT

    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, AccuWeather.com 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.


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