Could ghosts have started yesterday's huge fire that destroyed a $50-million apartment complex in Montrose?
As KHOU reported earlier this week, the construction was obnoxiously close to the Magnolia Cemetery. Blame the lack of setbacks on some of these apartment complexes going up in the area. The cemetery was damaged in the fast moving blaze and is seeking donations to help with repairs.
"This is not right," said concerned citizen Trisha Keel. "If I have an open grave here and I'm standing here crying my eyes out because I'm putting someone in the ground, and I look up to see someone eating a bowl of cereal wearing their skivvies, it won't be good."
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Of course, we're more likely to believe that it was a case of good old fashioned human error as the Houston Chronicle reports.
"There was a report of a couple of guys working on the roof doing welding," said Houston Fire Department Deputy Chief Greg Lewis. "When our units arrived, there was a small fire and construction workers were attempting to put it out. There was sustained wind of 15 to 20 miles an hour, and it was a wind-driven fire."
The fire which lasted less than three hours is still under investigation.
The HFD is expected to give a press conference later this morning, we'll keep you posted.