2-alarm fire damages apartment building

HOUSTON - Firefighters stopped a fast moving fire at a small apartment complex in northeast Houston.

The two-alarm fire started at the complex on Fletcher Street and Carl Street around 5:15 a.m. Friday.

Flames were shooting high in the air when firefighters arrived.

"There was fire on the first floor and had already traveled to the second floor and got in the attic," Houston Fire Department spokesman Jay Evans said.

Resident James Torres said he woke up when he smelled smoke.

"It was a fire right there on the side of the house," Torres said. "I could smell gas."

Torres grabbed a garden hose to fight the fire while a neighbor from across the street ran inside the burning building to warn other residents.

"I ran up the stairs and tried to kick the door in," neighbor Frank Campa said. "I thought one of the tenants was in there. He wasn't in there, but there was some tenants on this side. They woke up and ran out the fire escape at the back."

Firefighters were nearby. Officials said a fire truck was in the area because firefighters were putting out three suspicious trash fires, all set a few minutes before the apartment fire broke out.

Arson investigators were at the scene to determine the cause of the fire.

"We know approximately when the fire started because we got eyeball witnesses," Evans said.

No injuries were reported.

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