Fire engulfs roof of Northwest Houston apartment complex

By Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - A two-alarm fire in the Northwest Houston area has been put out.

According to officials, the fire was at the Hunters Cove three-story apartment building near De Soto Street and Oak Bay Drive.

Firefighters on the scene said a woman told them the fire started while she cooking in her third-floor apartment. 

The woman was transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation, authorities said.

Many residents were displaced, including Laura Muriel.

"I wanted to make sure my patio door was locked, and when I opened the shades, I saw just pieces of wood on fire falling from the top floor," Muriel said. "I went oh my gosh, it’s on fire, and I kept seeing the pieces falling and falling. I just grabbed my phone right away and called 911."

Muriel had just enough time to grab her dog before a neighbor knocked on her door.

More than 30 people from 13 apartments were displaced from their homes because of the fire.

"I didn’t know what to do, so I just ran through (the apartment) and took the babies out that’s the first thing that came to my mind. The babies," said Issy Amaya, another displaced resident. "We just got here. We just lost everything now basically. It’s kind of hard."

Officials with the complex told KPRC2 they were able to find units for those displaced, but will not be able to replace anything that was lost.

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