HOUSTON – Six families lost their homes Monday when a two-alarm fire swept through an apartment complex in southwest Houston.
Houston firefighters had to go on the offensive to battle the massive blaze, which broke out at the Crossing Sedona Square Apartments, located in the 9700 block of Court Glen Drive, near Bissonet and Wilcrest. Sky 2 aerials showed heavy smoke and flames shooting from several units.
HFD officials said the heat made it more difficult.
“The guys can’t do too much in this heat. Twenty minutes, two air bottles, you’re pretty much done,” said HFD Deputy Chief Douglas Harrison.
It took a little more than an hour to contain the blaze. KPRC 2 learned that one fire hydrant wasn’t working properly.
“They overcame it. We weren’t just going to rely on one fire hydrant for this,” Harrison said.
Firefighters were able to get everyone out safely, including several pets.
“I just thank God my grandmother wasn’t home,” Kourtney Averhart said.
Families hugged one another closely as they reunited with their loved ones and pets.
“There’s a lot of heartbreak out here,” Harrison said. “They just lost everything.”
Harrison said one firefighter injured his back, but no other injuries were reported. The Red Cross stepped in to assist the displaced families.
The cause of the fire has not been released at this time.
@HoustonFire is on scene at 9755 Court Glen Drive (Crossing Sedona Square Apartments) performing an offensive attack after receiving reports of an apartment on fire. Call type upgraded to a 2-11. No FF or civilian injuries have been reported. Please avoid area. @FireChiefofHFD— Houston Fire Dept (@HoustonFire) August 15, 2022