Apartment fire leaves several people homeless

Arson investigators called to scene

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HOUSTON - A devastating three-alarm fire in southwest Houston left several people without a home.

Officials said more than 100 firefighters rushed to the complex near Wilcrest and Spice Lane shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday.

According to Jay Evans, the Houston Fire Department;s spokesman, 40 apartments have been damaged.

"I don't have nothing else. Everything that was in that apartment is gone. I have nothing but what I got right now. It's gone. It's gone. Everything just is gone. I'm just so distraught right now," said apartment resident Laquitha Webber.

Evans said the high winds made it harder for them to put the flames out.

"The wind is a great factor when it's pushing the fire the full length of the building and that's what was happening out here," he said.

Victor Balandra has lived in the complex for seven years. Within minutes, everything he owned was gone. Still, he said he's lucky to be alive.

"Fortunately, we're lucky we got out fast, because 20 minutes, that's when we saw huge flames on top of my condo," Balandra said.

The American Red Cross is helping those who lost their homes. Arson investigators are working to figure out the cause of the fire.

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