Several displaced after massive apartment fire in SW Houston

HFD Arson Bureau ruled fire accidental/electrical

HOUSTON - Houston Fire Department arson investigators have determined a fire at a southwest Houston apartment complex Monday was caused by an electrical problem in the attic of the building that burned.

The fire has been labeled accidental.

Several people will have to find a new place to stay after a massive fire damaged part of an apartment complex in southwest Houston.

Eight families will be housed in other apartments within the complex temporarily, a staff member said.

The wind-whipped fire broke out just before 11 a.m. Monday at Remington Park Apartments located in the 5500 block of South Rice near Westpark.

The Houston Fire Department says nearly 20 units and 60 firefighters responded to the scene.

"Big chunks started blowing in the grass and I was thinking maybe our building would be next," John Howard, a neighbor, said.

Fire officials said at one point a collapsing breezeway and difficult conditions forced them to retreat temporarily.

HFD says the utilities at the apartment complex were turned off while emergency crews were on scene.

Dozens of residents saw the fire on the news and rushed back home from work to make sure their homes were alright.

"I had no clue. I knew it was a big one but I had no clue. It was really scary" Gila Berkowitz Cohen, a resident, said.

Cohen apartment was not damaged, but was close to theĀ  single building that appeared to be largely destroyed.

Aerials from Sky 2 showed flames and smoke shooting out of the roof of the apartment complex.

HFD said four apartment units suffered heavy fire damage. Four others suffered smoke and water damage.

Fire officials said no one was injured in the fire.

The American Red Cross was called out to assist the displaced residents.

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