HOUSTON – Twelve units were burned out Saturday in a fire at an apartment complex in southwest Houston, according to Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena.
All of the damaged units were within one building at the Glen Willow Apartments in the 10600 block of South Post Oak Road, Pena said.
No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, but officials said one witness had a panic attack and was transported to an area hospital.
The Red Cross responded to the scene.
A deaf man died in a fire at the same apartment complex last month.
Officials said that fire started around 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 10.
The Houston Fire Department arrived to find heavy smoke coming from a single second-floor unit.
As they started working to get the fire under control, HFD said they got reports that a man was trapped inside the burning apartment.
After a search, firefighters found the man in the back bedroom closet of the apartment, authorities said.
The man was pulled out of the fire and was given CPR before he was flown to a nearby hospital where he later died of smoke inhalation.
According to neighbors, the man – known to them as Eddie – was deaf and used a hearing aid.
Firefighters were able to get the fire under control and only the single unit had fire damage. Three other units, however, had smoke and water damage, according to HFD.
According to the HFD, preliminary investigations show the fire may have started in the kitchen.