Mother, her 2 kids killed in fire at apartment complex in west Houston, officials say

HOUSTON – A mother and her two children died in a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex in west Houston Wednesday, officials said.

Firefighters were called to the apartment complex located at 12730 Whittington Dr. around 4:05 a.m.

When HFD crews arrived at the scene, they saw heavy flames and smoke coming from a building.

When firefighters searched the property to see if all of the residents were accounted for, they found two teenage boys and a woman who was nearly 30 years old in a wheelchair in the same unit, officials said.

They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters battle 2-alarm blaze at apartment complex in west Houston, officials say (KPRC 2)

At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown. Officials aren’t sure how many units have been damaged. Some parts of the structure had to be torn down due to the damage, HFD said. A total of $880,000 has been estimated in damage, according to a news release from HFD.

One woman said she grabbed her son and started knocking on doors when she smelled smoke.

“My clothes, it was TVs, his clothes, his shoes, my ID, my social, birth certificate, everything is gone, like everything,” the woman told KPRC 2′s Brittany Jeffers. “My bed, everything. I don’t have nothing, just my phone. Just the clothes on my back. I don’t even have shoes on.”

HFD arson investigators are investigating the cause and origin of the fire.


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