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    Videos show flames, activity in courtyard of Consulate General of China in Houston

    Videos shared by a viewer who lives next to the Consulate General of China show a fire and a flurry of activity in the courtyard of the building. (KPRC)

    HOUSTON – Houston police and fire officials responded to reports that documents were being burned in the courtyard of the Consulate General of China in Houston Tuesday night, according to the Houston Police Department.

    Houston police said they began receiving reports that documents were being burned just after 8 p.m. at 3417 Montrose Boulevard where the consulate is located. Read more details here .

    Bins on fire

    Videos shared by a viewer who lives next to the consulate show several open bins or containers with flames coming out of them. People could be seen throwing things into the flaming bins.

    Hosing down the flames

    Later in the night, a KPRC 2 crew captured people in the courtyard of the property hosing down bins that were flaming.

    Scene outside consulate Tuesday night

    Dozens of Houston first responders arrived at the scene but they did not go into the property.

    “You could just smell the paper burning,” a witness at the scene told KPRC 2. “But, all the firefighters were just surrounding the building. They couldn’t go inside.”