Apartment fire likely caused by lightning strike destroys 12 units near Webster, HFD says

12 units were destroyed in southeast Houston apartment fire

WEBSTER, Texas – Approximately 12 units were destroyed when a lightning strike caused a fire at an apartment complex near Webster, according to the Houston Fire Department’s deputy chief, Isaac Garcia.

The fire was reported around 4 p.m. at an apartment complex located in the 200 block of El Dorado Boulevard. Garcia said they initially received reports of heavy lightning in the area and then neighbors noticed smoke coming from the buildings.

The call was upgraded to a two-alarm fire as firefighters performed an offensive attack and battled rain, thunder and lighting, according to the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Although the heavy rain challenged firefighters, they were ultimately able to keep the fire isolated to one building.

No injuries were reported.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area due to heavy emergency traffic.

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