HOUSTON - Firefighters battled a rash of fires across Houston that HFD said were all cold weather-related.
The first fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. Friday at a home on Stancliff near West Orem. When firefighters arrived, they found fire and smoke pouring from the second floor of the home.
According to HFD, the central heater in the home caught fire, burning the upstairs and two bedrooms. A family of four was home at the time, but managed to escape unscathed.
Another fire across town started around midnight Saturday at an apartment complex on West Tidwell and Fairbanks North Houston. Apparently the central heating in a downstairs unit caught fire, which then spread to the walls of the apartment.
Firefighters said they made a fast attack and quickly put out the flames. There was a resident home at the time, but he got out of the apartment safely.
About an hour and a half later, a third fire engulfed a home on Fidelity near Pennsylvania. HFD said the house was abandoned and had no electricity; however, firefighters believed one or more homeless persons may have started a fire inside the house to keep warm, and the flames got out of hand.
No one was injured in the third fire.
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