Firefighters battle 2 fires within 2 miles overnight

By Marisa Breese - News Producer , Courtney Gilmore - Anchor/Reporter

HOUSTON - Firefighters worked to put out the flames of two fires that sparked just two miles apart late Wednesday night.

The first fire began at a vacant home on Pinesbury Drive. A family had recently purchased the property but hadn't moved into the home yet.

Neighbors called firefighters around 9 p.m. after noticing white-hot flames shooting through the roof of the house.

"I was coming up Barker Cypress [Road] and could see the flames a mile away," said Sam Matta, who lives in the area.

Those flames burned the second floor before consuming the entire home.

When firefighters from the Westlake Volunteer Fire Department arrived, they quickly pulled a second alarm. The fire crews then got into a defensive position to try and keep the fire from spreading to neighboring homes.

Firefighters managed to contain the fire, but the home was badly burned. After crews extinguished the flames, a charred frame was all that was left of the second floor.

Less than two hours later, Westlake Firefighters responded to a different fire at a home about two miles away in northwest Harris County.

The family managed to escape from the house on Orchard Valley Court near Cherrytree Grove Drive.

There, crews doused the flames and then worked to put out hotspots on the roof and second floor.

No one was hurt in either fire.

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