Firefighter released from hospital after brick wall collapses inside burning home in greater Third Ward, HFD says

A firefighter has been released from the hospital after he was injured while working to put out a multi-structure, two-alarm fire that affected multiple homes in greater Third Ward Wednesday, officials said.

HOUSTON – A firefighter has been released from the hospital after he was injured while working to put out a multi-structure, two-alarm fire that affected multiple homes in greater Third Ward Wednesday, officials said.

Officials with the Houston Fire Department were called to a fire in the 2800 block of Palm Street around 3:15 a.m. According to HFD, the fire initially started at a home located in the area that was being renovated and then spread.

When HFD arrived at the scene, multiple structures were on fire and some had even collapsed, investigators said.

Officials said one firefighter was walking into a home that was on fire when a brick wall collapsed on him. That firefighter was transported to the hospital and sustained minor injuries, investigators said.

Firefighters were able to put the blaze out and said three other homes were impacted. One of those homes sustained water damage. No homeowners were injured, HFD said.

Doorbell video captured by Mary Ellen Emiola’s cameras showed flames that quickly filled the top of the screen. She and other neighbors watched as the fire ripped through the home across the street from her.

“When I walked out of my balcony upstairs, flames were coming. Heat was coming towards my face,” Emiola said. “It was very, very intense.”

Investigators the home was vacant and under construction. HFD is investigating to determine exactly how the fire started.


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