A fire at a southwest Houston apartment complex burned hot and spread fast, sending dozens of people from their homes and into the street.
The fire broke out around 2:15 p.m. Sunday at The Legacy at Westchase Apartments, located on Westpark at Gessner in southwest Houston.
"I jumped out of my bed, and I could smell the smoke everywhere," said Rashalee Hartnett as she ran out of her apartment building that was on fire.
Hartnett and her brother Dennis were two of the dozens of people that were force to flee.
Another resident, Larry Tobin, was there when he said a woman living in one of the apartments came running out.
"She heard a boom and then some sparkling going on," said Tobin. "They had an old tree in there so she ran out, man, had no clothes saying, 'Hey, hey.'"
In total, it took 15 firetrucks and 65 firefighters to battle the massive blaze. Investigators said at least 16 apartments were damaged in the fire, displacing at least 25 people. Firefighters said this was a wind driven fire.
A dried out Christmas tree, which caught fire, is being blamed for sparking the blaze.