Apartment fire leaves nearly a dozen Pasadena families homeless

By Keith Garvin - Anchor/Reporter

PASADENA, Texas - Nearly a dozen Pasadena families are out of their homes after an apartment fire destroyed 16 units in one of the buildings.

The two alarm fire started at about 5:15 p.m. on Monday at the Cinnamon Ridge Apartments on Spencer Highway near Red Bluff Road.

Some people, like Shelly Tebanian, have only the clothes on their backs.

"I'm freaking out," said Tebanian. "All my stuff's gone, I'm gonna lose everything. Do you see what I have on? It's all I have."
Tebanian, who has a newborn, was asleep inside her apartment when the fire started. She was awakened by her 12-year-old daughter Kayley.

"I smelled smoke and looked behind me in the window and I seen smoke everywhere," said Kayley. "So I ran out to see what it was and it was a fire. So I had to go back inside and get all of them out."

Her mother looked herself and saw fire coming from a balcony upstairs.

"So, I was running back in the house, grabbing things, my wallet and stuff and throwing the kids out," said the elder Tebanian.

About 100 firefighters were called out to fight the flames, which were contained to one building. But the wind and structural damage made this fire a tough one to fight.

"The fire started running through the attic space pretty quick," said Pasadena Fire Marshall David Brannon. "We had some roof collapse and had to pull our firefighters out for safety."

The Red Cross was called to the scene and says they've assisted nine families, as seven of the units were unoccupied. The apartment complex will be relocating the affected families to other empty apartments in the complex.

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation on the scene, but did not need to be transported to a hospital.

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