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    September 8, 2014

    UPDATED: Pappas Bar-B-Q Restaurant at Little York Burns to the Ground in Two-Alarm Blaze

    UPDATE: At this time, a spokeswoman for Pappas Restaurants said they still don't know the cause of the fire, and right now there is no information available about the status or future of Pappas Bar-B-Q at Little York. The Pappas Bar-B-Q located at 3814 Little York burned to the ground at 3:30 a.m. ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    Displaced by Fire, Funnyman MC Reko Trill Says #BurnDownForWhat

    It was a hot and humid Thursday afternoon last week when local MC Reko Trill left his apartment to grab a bite and pick up a few items in anticipation for the 4th of July weekend. A summer thunderstorm rolled through that evening, dropping rain and booms of lightning all over the Houston area. One ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    West, Texas Explosion: One Year Later, Nothing Has Changed

    In the wake of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, it's probably not surprising to learn that the disaster -- which killed at least 14, injured hundreds and gave the little North Texas town the look of a post-apocalyptic war zone -could have been avoided. That's what the U.S. Chemical Safety ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Breaking News (Updated): Apocalyptic Fire Ravaging Montrose Apartment Complex (w/ Video)

    Check out our slideshow of the fire. 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 b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Race Day to Honor Firefighter who Survived Hotel Blaze

    Even after he battled the deadly five-alarm blaze that killed four of his fellow Houston firefighters and took his legs after a roof collapsed, Capt. Bill Dowling is still fighting. One of the lucky ones that fateful afternoon in May, Dowling is the focus of a fundraiser this weekend organized by t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Late-Night Fire Shutters House of Pies; No Injuries Reported

    A fire broke out at the popular and beloved House of Pies on Kirby last night around 10:45 as the result of an electrical fire that started in the ceiling. According to Khaled Khalaf, whose family has owned the eatery since 1992, there were about 70 or 80 customers in the building when the fire sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    What Would Two Star Symphony Fiddle as Houston Burned?

    In mid-July, 64 C.E. a fire started in Rome that became known as the Great Fire of Rome, and when the Romans call something "great," they're usually not messing around. The blaze rampaged for six days, entirely destroying three whole districts and damaging another seven. Granted, big fires were comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Gabino Silva: Final Defendant Who Barricaded Bar Before Setting It On Fire, Gets 15 Years (w/VIDEO)

    The April 2012 arson at La Estrella won't be forgotten by those who've seen the security video of the event. The video shows two men who'd been kicked out of the crowded eastside bar calmly barricading the doors to the place, trapping the patrons still inside, and then setting fire to it. Luckily t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Central Texas Style Bar-B-Q to Reopen Today After Fire on Tuesday Night

    One of our favorite haunts in Pearland battled a fire late Tuesday night, which left Central Texas Style Bar-B-Q closed all day yesterday as the owners cleaned up the damage. No one was injured in the blaze, but patrons were quick to take to Twitter to express their love for the restaurant, which ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Nude Man Steals Refrigerator, Torches Own Apartment, Police Claim

    A San Antonio man faces an arson charge after a bizarre incident last month involving public nudity and the theft of an apartment complex community room refrigerator. According to San Antonio police, on November 27, 38-year-old Carlos Rene Tomasi entered the community room nude and promptly walked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Cameron Dorsey Confesses to Murdering His Aunt and Great-Grandfather, Police Say: Bayou Body Count No. 196 & 197

    A 20-year-old Houston man has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the deaths of his great-grandfather and his aunt on Thursday, November 8. Cameron Gerald Dorsey is charged in the deaths of Clements Vincent Dorsey, 89, and Barbara Ann Dorsey Alexander, 61, whose bodies were discovered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Jarmaine Darnell Simon: Charged With Arson In Azul Lounge Blaze

    A Houston man has been charged with second-degree arson in connection with the September 18 blaze at a southside nightclub. Jarmaine Darnell Simon, 23, is charged with setting the fire at Azul Lounge at 9880 Buffalo Speedway about 4:30 a.m. that day, destroying the club that is near Reliant Stadium ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Fire at The Broken Spoke Cafe: Photos of the Aftermath

    Read about yesterday's fire at The Broken Spoke Cafe and see pictures/video from the scene. Until yesterday afternoon, The Broken Spoke Cafe was the tidy little bistro seen above. This morning, the restaurant sits shuttered after sustaining heavy fire and smoke damage when the abandoned duplex next ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Man Burns To Death In Heights-Area Shed As Neighbors Try To Dial 911

    A man living in a shed south of the Heights died in a fire this morning even as neighbors frantically dialed 911 after hearing his screams, Houston police say. The victim's identity is being withheld pending an autopsy on the cause of death, HPD says. Neighbors say the man had moved into the aband ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Feds Offer $5,000 Reward For Info On Garden Ridge Pottery Fire

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the October 2011 arson of a Garden Ridge Pottery in Conroe. The feds announced he move today "for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Jacob Colby Garvin Arrested in Connection with Fire at Dolce Vita

    Last month we reported that Dolce Vita was damaged by a fire that started early in the morning May 5 outside of the restaurant, in its Dumpster, before moving inside. Now KHOU is reporting that on June 13 the Houston Arson Bureau arrested 25-year-old Jacob Colby Garvin for allegedly setting the fire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Photo: Dolce Vita Damaged by Fire

    Popular Montrose pizzeria Dolce Vita was damaged today by a fire that started at around 3:30 a.m. this morning. As reported by KPRC, the fire started in a Dumpster outside the rear of the restaurant and the flames soon spread to Dolce Vita itself. "Firefighters arrived on scene within four minutes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Late Nite Pie Owner Felicity Burris Also Charged with Arson: "The Business Need[s] To Be Gone Soon," She Told Manager

    Owner Felicity Burris also hit with charges.A second person has been charged with arson in connection with the blaze at Montrose mainstay Late Nite Pie. Felicity D. Burris, 35, has been charged, joining manager Raymond Pecher, who was charged with arson earlier this month. Burris is being held wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Late Nite Pie Owner Also Charged with Arson

    The owner of Late Nite Pie, Felicity Burris, has also been charged with arson in the aftermath of a fire that claimed the Midtown pizza joint on February 8. According to our sister blog, Hair Balls, Burris allegedly instructed the manager -- Raymond Pecher -- to burn the restaurant down in the midst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    The Fire That Claimed Late Nite Pie Was Arson

    When late-night Midtown pizza joint Late Nite Pie burned down in February, our commenters were quick to call foul. "Two words: Stanky Arson," said commenter LoWest, in a reference to the pizza place's infamous Stanky Whore pizza. Chimed in commenter Padams below: "Two words: Insurance Fraud. That ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Raymond Pecher, Late Nite Pie Manager, Accused of Arson (Read the Criminal Complaint)

    The manager of Montrose's Late Nite Pie has been charged with setting the February blaze that destroyed the semi-legendary restaurant. Court documents say Raymond Pecher, 45, was seen leaving the building a little before 4 a.m. February 8, about ten minutes before smoke was first detected. A securi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    William Webb: Baby in His Care Gets Wasted on Vodka; He Then Tries to Burn Accuser's Home

    Two things you should know about William Webb, if what police charge him with is true: Don't let him babysit your kid, and don't hire him to be your arsonist. Webb, 27, was arrested last week after a lengthy investigation. Waco police say, according to KWTX, that he was babysitting an infant in Dec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Late Night Pie Burns Down Overnight

    A fire that started 45 minutes after Late Night Pie closed last night at 3 a.m. burned the pizza joint nearly to the ground. ABC-13 reported that the restaurant had suffered major damage as a result of the fire, which the Houston Fire Department battled for three hours. Public reaction to the news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    David Keith Allen: Recently Remarried Former Pastor Accused of Killing Wife in House Fire

    The very best preachers are consummate showmen, able to sell you on the sincerity of their message with the utmost aplomb. 49-year-old David Keith Allen, former pastor at the New Life Church of Restoration just east of Gatesville, sounds like a hell of a performer. In the wee hours of one morning l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Dog's Best Friend Is an HFD Firefighter

    Photos by Barry Sigman​A two-alarm apartment-complex fire at Dashwood and Kirkwood was put out this morning, but not without a little doggie rescue work.

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    James Edwin Durham: One-Man Lufkin Crime Wave Finally Brought Down -- Featuring Musical Mugshot Slideshow

    Check the musical slideshow of Durham's mugshots after the jump. It's been a rough year for James Edwin Durham. Since last November, the 39-year-old Lufkin man has allegedly burned his mother's house down while cooking meth, gotten shot in the ass, been charged with numerous felonies in several d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Houston Catches a Break with Bush Park Wildfire

    Photos by Barry Sigman​As noted below, the grassfire that broke out yesterday afternoon at George Bush Park has been all but contained. No evacuations were necessary. By 7 p.m. HFD had "50 pieces of fire equipment, more than 175 personnel, 4 dozers" working the fire, and they were ready with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Montrose's Creepiest Adult Bookstore Burns Down, Man Killed

    Google mapsA Montrose landmark of sorts, gone.​For years, the Talk of the Town adult bookstore on Richmond just west of Montrose has been a creepy oddity -- from the outside, it looked like a shabby, about-to-fall-down barn, its fading red paint, lack of windows and seeming claustrophobic cond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Jessica Tata: Now She's Facing Murder Charges

    HCSOJessica Tata faces a longer sentence​The stakes have been raised against Jessica Tata, the owner of the daycare center where four children died in a fire. Previously charged with manslaughter, now Tata faces murder charges after court filings yesterday by the Harris County District Attorn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Jessica Tata Brought Into Custody

    Jessica Tata, 22, is in custody.​The long strange trip of the woman wanted in connection with the deaths of four children in a daycare fire in February is over as Jessica Tata was escorted to Harris County jail early Tuesday morning. Tata was the owner of Jackie's Child Care, located in a res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Jessica Tata: Feeling the Hate on Facebook

    Jessica Tata is not loved on Facebook​No local Houston figure in recent memory has become so hated so quickly as Jessica Tata, the fugitive owner of the day care where four children died in a fire last week. Believed to be in Nigeria, Tata, who lied about her juvenile record on her regist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Jessica Tata: DA Pat Lykos Says Don't Blame Me for Her Getting Away

    Jessica Tata is in Nigeria and is wanted​District Attorney Pat Lykos had an afternoon press conference today to rebut claims that her office did not act quickly enough in the case of Jessica Tata, who owned a daycare where four kids died in a fire, allowing Tata to escape to Nigeria. "Suggest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Colby Bartholemy: Fire in Our Pot Greenhouse? We'll Take Care of It, Firefighters

    Fire? We can take care of it, officer​Colby Bartholemy and his pals know how stressed firefighters can get, especially volunteer firefighters in a small town like San Leon, where any second they could be called to battle a raging inferno. So when Bartholemy and friend had a bit of an electric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Notable Heights House Burns To The Ground

    Illustration by Jean Steinhardt​A three-alarm fire destroyed a prominent house on Heights Boulevard early this morning, taking away one of the signature sights on the unique street. HFD doesn't know what caused the blaze. Heights historian Martin Hajovsky has tracked down the history of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Top Eight Notorious Concert Disasters

    Daniel R. Davidson via WikipediaThe Station fire in West Warwick, R.I., 40 seconds in​Recently, indie-rock juggernauts Arcade Fire were prevented from playing a gig in Portugal by NATO, which is having a summit on the same date. Arcade Fire offered to play a day ahead of time, but NATO decided ... More >>

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    October 31, 2010

    Massive Montrose Fire Burns Agora Cafe and Antiques Store

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​Click here to see a slideshow of last night's blaze and this morning's aftermath. Last night in the midst of Halloween drinking festivities and the Montrose Costume Crawl, Agora Cafe and Antique Warehaus burned down. The two businesses, at the corner of Westheimer and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    HFD Announces It Doesn't Know Much Yet About Election-Machines Fire

    HFD still trying to come up with answers​Wondering what's going on with the investigation into the warehouse fire on August 27 that destroyed more than $30 million of Harris County's voting equipment?Well, lucky for you the Houston Fire Department threw a little media soiree Thursday afternoon to ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Albert Briede: Montrose Man Celebrates July 4th In His Own Peculiar Way

    Talk about bad hangovers....​A Montrose-area man is charged with arson after his 4th of July celebration ended with a homemade fireworks display consisting of his girlfriend's entire wardrobe.According to a complaint filed by HPD's arson squad, Albert Briede, 30, spent the holiday clubbing with hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Twitter: Five More Types Of Tweets We Can Live Without, Thanks

    Don't get cute with the hashtags, plz?​Last month Craig Hlavaty, as part of his feature on the Twitterverse, examined the five most annoying things people can do on Twitter.It turns out there's five more. At least.Hlavaty ably limned the TMI posts, the what-I'm-eating tweets, the horror of Foursqu ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Smallish YMCA Fire Brings Big HFD Response

    Photos by Chris VogelA lot of trucks responded for a smallish fire​As more than 30 fire trucks and 100 firefighters clogged up Downtown's Louisiana Street in front of the YMCA building this afternoon in response to a three-alarm fire, residents who had evacuated couldn't help but acknowledge the i ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    Bye-Bye, Mai's

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​...and thanks for all the 2 a.m. pho. The popular Vietnamese restaurant, which had been a staple of Midtown dining since 1978, has been mostly destroyed by a fire that started in the rear of the second floor of the building at 3403 Milam early this morning. Although f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    I'll Take People Who Don't Grasp The Concept For $500, Alex: East Texas Alleged Sex Felon Now Facing Arson Charge

    ​Sometimes in life you are fresh out of options before you even know it. That's what 19-year-old East Texan Randy Keith Hester found out recently when his cunning plan to help pay his attorney went dreadfully awry.Last fall, Hester was accused of having a consensual sexual relationship with a 14-y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Who's Setting The Heights On Fire?

    ​Houston's historic Heights neighborhood is under siege. In just two months, 12 suspicious fires at local residences have taken place, all within a couple of blocks of each other.The latest incident occurred in the dark hours of the morning on October 2. Around 2 a.m., firefighters responded a fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Remains Of Burned-Out Church May Become A Park

    Now here's a good idea, and we mean that sincerely -- transforming the battered hulk of the burned-out, historic Bethel Baptist Church in Midtown into a park.KHOU reports that City Council has voted to buy the land what is left of the church, which suffered a massive fire in 2005. The hope is that a ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    Lone Star Saloon In Richmond To Be Demolished, Reborn

    The historic Lone Star Saloon in Richmond is about to be demolished.Heavily damaged by a fire in November, the remains of the 120-year-old building will be taken down by the end of the month, owner Bill Lundquist tells Fort Bend Now.The good news: He's planning to build a replacement. That's not rea ... More >>

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    September 14, 2007

    Fire at Austin City Limits

    The Dallas Observer’s music blog DC-9 at Night is reporting a massive fire at the ACL Fest. Seems a couple of propane tanks exploded near one of the makeshift taverns in Zilker Park. According to this report in Austin, two people are critically injured, and multiple others have been taken ... More >>

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    December 11, 2006

    Who Burned the Lasagna?

    Nick Keppler Up in smoke. After more than 25 years as Houston's one-stop shop for cheery entertainment and gourmet lasagna, the Great Caruso Dinner Theater went up in smoke yesterday -- and general manager Vassili Magazis says arson could be to blame. Houston Fire Department District Chief Tom ... More >>

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