Dozens of residents living in a West Houston apartment complex were forced to flee Monday morning after their building caught fire.
The two-alarm fire started around 5 a.m at the Woodlake Oaks Apartments in the 9500 block of Ella Lee Lane.
The Houston Fire Department said there was a partial collapse to the structure. Flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the three-story building.
One resident told Local 2 that she woke up to a smoke-filled apartment and that the smoke alarms did not go off.
Victoria Marsh said her dog alerted to to the fire. Marsh, her son, and her daughter-in-law all made it out of the apartment but lost all of their belongings.
“Now that I think about it, it's really scary. Fifty-nine years... everything I saved all these years... I don't have anything," said Marsh.
Fire officials say all 24 units in the apartment building were damaged, if not destroyed, by the fire.
Fire officials said that in addition to the wind , the building's placement in the back of the complex made it difficult for firefighters to battle the flames.
"That's why they had a tough time getting access with the fire hose," said HFD District Chief Jimmy Campbell. "They also had a ravine and a bayou on the backside over there so it was really tough for the firefighters to get in there."
Firefighters eventually extinguished the blaze but hotspots did flare for several hours.
Investigators with the Houston Arson Bureau are looking into what caused the fire.
Officials said no injuries were reported.