Firefighters work to put out west side Houston apartment fire

At least 16 units destroyed in fire; Firefighter receives minor burns

By Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

HOUSTON - Firefighters worked to put out a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex on Houston's west side.

The fire broke out at 5:40 p.m. Thursday at the La Mirage Resort Apartments at 10925 Briar Forest Drive.

It took 90 firefighters to get things under control and the weather conditions didn't help. Strong winds fanned the flames and the heavy rain made it hard to fight.

One firefighter received minor burns and an injury to his back. Paramedics took him to the hospital to be checked out.

Resident Hoda Sabghatallah was sitting inside her apartment with her mom and her 18-month old son when she heard thunder and saw lightning, then a few minutes later there was a knock at her door.

"He said, 'There's a fire in this building. You have to get out,'" Sabghatallah told Local 2.

Sabghatallah grabbed her son who was sleeping and got out. Her apartment has a lot of damage but she is thankful she and her mom made it out safely.

Neighbors are giving credit to the complex security guard, Dennis Hood.

"He called the office and started evacuating everybody," said resident John Ron. "He knocked on everybody's door, everybody got out of the building."

"I went from door to door with both of my hands knocking," Hood said. "I said, 'Get out, get out. Fire, fire.'"

Hood told Local 2 he saw lightning strike the building and then saw smoke. Even though the official cause of the fire is still under investigation, Hood is certain weather is to blame.

"I seen a bolt of lightning, " he said. "It flashed in front of me at a 45-degree angle. I came back around and seen smoke coming from the top of the building."

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