Houston Fire Department

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Tout Suite is Finally Open in EaDo

    The Pappas Bar-B-Q located at 3814 Little York burned to the ground early in the morning on Sunday, September 7. The restaurant was closed during the time of the fire and no firefighters were injured while responding to the two-alarm blaze. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but Christin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    June 5, 2014

    Mobile Medical Unit Gets Trial Run in Houston

    Blood clots in the brain are some scary business. Luckily, we now have what's been called "the first" mobile stroke unit in the nation in operation since late last month. It has some fancy equipment, but most importantly, it has people on board who can administer tPA, the clot-busting medication kn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    Houston Firefighters Head to Tornado-Ravaged Arkansas

    A dozen Houston firefighters were dispatched to Arkansas Monday morning after tornadoes there ripped through the Little Rock area, killing ten people. The 12-member Texas Task Force Team 1, which left Houston at 12:30 a.m. Monday, will assist in search and rescue activities.

  • 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

    October 4, 2013

    Openings & Closings: A Pair of Fire Closures, Refuge in The Woodlands & More

    The week began with a couple of fires; one forced a renowned sushi restaurant to close its doors, and the other took a brand-new creperie food truck off the road. Let's start with the badnews before taking a look at all of the new restaurants that opened this week. On Sunday, September 29, around 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Guy Tries to Rob Colonel Sanders, Gets Busted on the Roof

    Those KFC #iatethebones commercials have probably gone too far. Monday, at 3:55 a.m., a man who could have been battling rage and confusion simultaneously due to maybe eating the bone or not went to exact his revenge on the fried chicken food chain location at 2701 Yale. According to Houston Poli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    An Open Letter to the A-Hole Who Sent a White Powdery Substance to Franklin Elementary School Today

    Dear Jerk-Off, As you know, a bunch of parents already rattled by last week's tragedy had to receive a letter from Franklin Elementary Principal Jilliane Raphiel today, notifying them that "a white powdery substance arrived on campus through the U.S. mail." Of course, "testing on the envelope and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Smoke On The Freeway, No Fire In The Sky

    A lot of smoke, and a little fire, slowed things to a crawl on the Southwest Freeway this afternoon. It could have been a lot worse if it had all happened an hour or two from now, given Houston drivers' penchant to rubberneck any little distraction that spices up their commute.

  • Dining

    September 20, 2012

    A Fire at the Broken Spoke

    Roy de la Garza on what's next.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Roy de la Garza on The Broken Spoke Fire and What's Next

    Roy de la Garza was already having a bad month before a fire destroyed his restaurant: His partner at The Broken Spoke Cafe, Catherine Duwez, had left unexpectedly to start a rival Belgian restaurant a few months prior, and business was down. "Cathy kind of threw us for a loop when she went over to ... 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

    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

    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

    February 8, 2012

    Local Musicians, Up Early, Remember Late Nite Pie

    Photos by Chris GrayThe flames at Late Nite Pie had been extinguished by 6:45 a.m.​Midtown pizza restaurant Late Nite Pie burned some time after closing in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. reported that the popular post-show destination suffered "major damage" and that Houston Fir ... 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

    January 27, 2012

    Abe Fiszer: Houston Fire Department Captain Resigns After Kiddy Porn Bust

    According to a criminal complaint on file in the Harris County Courthouse, Saul Abraham "Abe" Fiszer, an 18-year-veteran of the Houston Fire Department, had been struggling with pornography addiction for some time. He and his wife had been working through it, and Fiszer had sought counseling. Unf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Music Editor Chris Gray Had Luck On His Side When He Had His Heart Attack

    Houston's very own Randolph Mantooth​John P. Zepeda of the Metro PD's canine squad had performed a routine bomb search at the Ensemble light-rail station October 28. Finding nothing, he tried to head back. But train after train was filled with morning commuters headed downtown, so he and his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    The 10 Coolest Houston Fire Station Patches: Skulls, Gangs & Singed Balls

    With everyone watching the wildfires blazing around the state, it's a good time to think good thoughts about the people who risk their lives as firefighters. Each Houston Fire Department station has its own patch, and some of them are very cool. Or odd. Here are the 10 best, in our humble opinion. ... 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 >>

  • News

    June 9, 2011
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    February 4, 2011

    Icy Rain: All of the Hassle, None of the Fun

    ​Oy, Snopocalypse 2011 turned into the worst of all scenarios: an ice storm, with no picturesque snow. Sorry, kids. Some areas are getting a little dusting of the white stuff, but most of us are looking outside at nothing much...except very dangerous ice. You should still think very hard bef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Houston Firefighter Calendar 2011 Is Here! Go Have Some Private Time!

    The latest version of the always popular Houston Firefighters Calendar, featuring men holding things while not wearing any shirts, is out. Saturday night was the release party, and the Facebook reviews are in.

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Flora Ryan, 92, Bayou Body Count No. 209

    ​Dean Jerome Wood has been charged in the death of 92-year-old Flora Ryan. Police report that officers were sent to assist Houston Fire Department personnel when Wood caused a disturbance at the scene of a sick call in the 1300 block of Redford. Ryan had been found unresponsive in a bathtub, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    Get ready for a boozy good time on Saturday.​Get your palates primed for the Texas Vodka Throwdown this Saturday night at Caroline Collective (4820 Caroline). The event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., is absolutely free (as long as you're over 21), but that's not the best part: The best part is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Arson Destroyed Gay-Friendly Church, HFD Rules

    Photo from KPRC​The fire that gutted the gay-friendly Servant-Savior Presbyterian Church was intentionally set, Houston Fire Department spokesman Patrick Trahan tells Hair Balls.Investigators have classified it as "incendiary," meaning it was not accidental.The intense blaze was spotted a little a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    The Dynamo Stadium, One Step Closer To Reality, Due To Elephant Sex

    ​Dynamo president Oliver Luck talked to media all morning about a new soccer stadium, what it will mean to the city and county and Dynamo fans, fun stuff like that. But when we spoke with him, he just wanted to talk about elephant sex. "What's the elephant gestation period, 18 months or something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 4, 2010

    New Year, New City Council: Don't Expect Many Waves

    ​If you are planning for fireworks and more drama than a Maury "Who's the Daddy?" show when the new city council finally settles down next week ... well you will be in for a surprise. Expect a tame, courteous council that may run into bumps every once in a while for the most part.Annise Parker a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    More Ugly Trouble For That Doctor From The Wholesome TV Ads

    ​Houston's wackiest, silliest married couple is at it again: Last Sunday night, Rachel Brown, wife of cocaine-enthusiast and medical-license-losing former surgeon Michael Brown (star of local television ads featuring his kids) called 911 because, per the offense report, "her husband is trying to k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Sayonara Savoy: Derelict Downtowner To Be Emergency Demo'd Soon

    ​The Savoy (1616 Main St.), one of the half dozen or so derelict high- and midrises in southwestern downtown, is to be imploded tomorrow next Friday in an emergency demolition, according to HPD public affairs officer Victor Senties. The building was found to be structurally unsound and must come d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Midtown Spec's Has A Minor Electrical Fire, Houston Comes To A Standstill

    Photo by Katharine Shilcutt Hey, it's Spec's! And it's not on fire!​Driving into work this morning, Hair Balls was passed by at least a dozen fire trucks and Houston Fire Department SUVs as they sped through Midtown. Naturally interested in rubbernecking if at all possible, we checked Twi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Another City, Another Dispute Over Sexism And Racism

    ​After a summer of what seemed like a million racist and sexist offerings from the Houston Fire Department, it started to feel like our city had to have the worst department around. But that changed earlier this month when Channel 13 reported some "explosive new allegations" about racism and sexis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Son Kills Mom, Heads To Mexico

    ​Laura Palacios of Houston died with her son at her side. Though it was hardly a comfort to the 51-year-old woman: It was her son who allegedly killed her. That's the story told by Harris County Sheriff's homicide detectives who have charged Jose Palacios, 24, with murder. But he is not behind ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Exoneration Of A Sort In One HFD Incident

    ​The beleaguered Houston Fire Department got some support today from a vice-president of the local chapter of the NAACP, who said in a press conference that he accepted that a noose-like rope found in a station locker was not intended to be a racial symbol.Reverend D.Z. Cofield said he had conduct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    The Economist Loves Texas And Houston, Unless Those Nasty Democratic Hispanics Take Over

    Texas Republicans are buzzing over the latest issue of The Economist, the conservative British magazine that tends to get a lot of respect.It contains a special report that can be summed up in four words: "Texas good, California bad."Among the findings you might be surprised to learn, especially if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Fire Department Deals With A Tough Two Weeks

    It's been a rough two weeks for the Houston Fire Department.Two firefighters died Easter morning inside a burning house, trying to rescue a married couple that wasn't there, and on March 30, two fire trucks collided in Montrose while responding to fire that didn't exist, injuring nine firefighters a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Gulf Freeway Should Be Avoided Tomorrow, Unless You're Honoring Houston Firefighters

    Fair warning: If you're planning on using the Gulf Freeway tomorrow morning, be prepared to wait.Houston Transtar has sent out an alert noting that the funeral services for the two fallen firemen will tie up traffic from 6 am until 1 pm.The details: A combined Memorial Service for fallen Houston Fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Thelma's Says It's Rebuilding

    The latest "news" on the smoldered Thelma's Bar-B-Que on 1020 Live Oak is... nothing all that new.Alicia White, with the Houston Fire Department, told Hair Balls that since the cause of the fire is still under investigation, information beyond the basics isn't going to be released any time soon (the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Thelma's Says It's Rebuilding

    The latest "news" on the smoldered Thelma's Bar-B-Que on 1020 Live Oak is... nothing all that new.Alicia White, with the Houston Fire Department, told Hair Balls that since the cause of the fire is still under investigation, information beyond the basics isn't going to be released any time soon (th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    No Need To Check On My Pot-Growing Empire, Officer

    The Houston Fire Department was putting out a small electrical blaze last night at what looked to be an abandoned mechanic's shop.They couldn't be sure the fire hadn't spread inside, so they asked the guy who was on the property if he could open the place up.He didn't really want to."They told him ' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008
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    June 12, 2007

    Tunnel Mole Heads Above Ground

    One thing about the Houston tunnel system--you're insulated from the harsh world outside. It's like the womb. The only dangers are ingesting the wrong things and bad vibes from others. So Tunnel Mole leads a sheltered life and was shocked to emerge yesterday to see about a dozen police cars, a heav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2006

    Bees on a Plane!!

    New Line Cinema "Forget about the damn snakes! We got bees up in this bitch!" As the countdown to the most hyped horror movie this summer begins, there's news that there may be a greater threat to airline passengers than Snakes on a Plane... Bees. Yesterday's WSJ reported that angry bees, at ... More >>

  • News

    January 12, 2006
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    February 12, 2004

    Talky? You Bet!

    Sheila Jackson Lee's verbosity leads to a jackpot

  • Music

    June 27, 2002

    Smoke Damage

    Jim Pirtle's slipshod nicotine habit spells the end of an era for No tsu oH, but he hopes to rise from the ashes

  • News

    December 5, 1996
  • Music

    June 23, 1994

    Burning Down the House

    Arson at the Goat's Head? The latest hippest club, and more.

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