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Public Safety News
Houston Fire Department
News Release
Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Houston Fire Department responded to fires at apartment buildings at Bellaire Boulevard as well as at Kirkwood today, in addition to extinguishing a fire at a restaurant on Westheimer on Wednesday.

Two apartment units suffered from fire damage and four units from smoke and water damage after an apartment fire in the 12700 block of Bellaire Blvd this morning. The Houston Fire Department was dispatched to the fire just after 7 a.m. and arrived on scene within four minutes. One civilian was rescued, however there were no reported injuries.  The fire was upgraded to a second alarm within 20 minutes and tapped out about 7:40 a.m. Approximately 70 firefighters responded to the incident. The fire appeared to have originated in an occupied unit. The cause is currently under investigation.

Six apartment units were destroyed and six additional units suffered from smoke and water damage after an apartment fire in the 4500 block of S. Kirkwood, this morning. The Houston Fire Department was dispatched to the fire just about 7:30 a.m. and arrived on scene within six minutes.  There were no reported injuries.  The fire was upgraded to a second alarm within 15 minutes and quickly went defensive. Approximately 90 firefighters responded to the incident which was tapped out at 8:25 a.m.   The fire appeared to have originated in an occupied unit. The cause is currently under investigation.

Update: Houston Fire Department arson investigators have ruled the cause of a fire in the 4500 block of S. Kirkwood as accidental, due to an electrical malfunction or short in the wiring in and around a furnace.

The Houston Fire Department was dispatched to a restaurant on fire in the 8900 block of Westheimer just after 3 p.m. yesterday, November 9, 2011. Firefighters arrived on scene within five minutes and found smoke coming from the HVAC unit on top of the one story building. The heating coils inside the unit had apparently malfunctioned and caught fire extending to an air duck. The fire was tapped out within 10 minutes with no reported injuries. Approximately 40 firefighters responded to the incident which caused about $3 thousand in damage. There was no structural damage to the building.

 

 






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