HOUSTON - One person was killed when a car crashed into a home and burst into flames Monday morning. It happened at a house on Marblemount Drive and Rockville Drive in northwest Harris County.
Neighbors said the sound jolted them awake around 2:30 a.m. Officers believe the driver of the car was speeding and ran a stop sign before he crashed into two other vehicles parked in the home's driveway, then the garage. The man's vehicle burst into flames and the fire then spread to the home.
People living in the neighborhood rushed outside after hearing a loud boom and then saw both the car and the home on fire.
"It was awful. It was extremely hot. I felt the heat walking out of my door," said neighbor Milton Real.
Neighbors said the fire was so intense that it was too dangerous for anyone to get near the flames before firefighters arrived. The driver died at the scene.
No one else was injured.
"We were able to contact the homeowners of the residence and learn they were out of town. So the home was vacant at the time of the accident," said Lt. Charles Hoover with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office.
Fire crews with the Cypress Creek Fire Department called a second alarm to help put out the fire. The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office and the Precinct 4 Constable's Office are both investigating.
Investigators said they have been in contact with family members who believe their loved one was killed in the crash. However, investigators have been unable to positively identify the victim.
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