Breaking News (Updated): Apocalyptic Fire Ravaging Montrose Apartment Complex (w/ Video)
Photo by Margaret Downing
Check out our slideshow of the fire. Update:The Houston Fire Department declared the fire under control at 2:56 p.m. They say all the construction workers were accounted for and there were no injuries reported.
Update 2:32 p.m.: We talked to eyewitness Kim Cortez who works in the Wortham Tower across from the fire. She says that in less than five minutes it went from being a small fire on the roof of the apartments to the full on blaze you see in the photos above and below. "At first people were just watching and taking photos," she says, "and within five minutes you could tell it was just getting worse and worse."
We also have some more video from the scene as supplied by Houston Press Editor Margaret Downing:
Update 2:01 p.m.: Fire officials are saying that if you live in anywhere near the 2400 block of W. Dallas you should avoid the area. Crews are working to protect nearby buildings, but the winds are a problem today. One construction worker was rescued from the scene and fortunately there have been no injuries reported.
Update 1:39p.m.: The Houston Fire Department upgraded the response to a 3-alarm at about 12:50 and to a 4-alarm at 1:04 p.m. By 1:25 p.m. the fire at the complex in the 2400 block of W. Dallas Street was upgraded to a 5-alarm fire. The fire department responded with 70 units and nearly 200 people.
Original story: The Houston Fire Department is fighting a 2-alarm fire at an apartment complex at West Dallas and Marconi, just off Montrose. Smoke can be seen downtown. People on their lunch break were describing a black wall of smoke.
Here's Instagram video by Melanie Tep taken from the Chase tower.
The fire broke out around 12:30 pm, KTRK reports. No injuries have been reported, and the cause is unknown, according to the report. We'll keep you posted.
Smoke billowing from the complex around 1p.m.
Officials started shutting down the street, hampering the flow of lunchtime traffic.
Reports say one construction worker was rescued in the blaze.
A view from Dallas Street looking to West Gray Street.
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