A two-alarm structure fire occurred in the 2800 block of Palm Street in Houston around 3:15 in the morning on Tuesday, March 2. “Three homes were damaged by the fire and another does have water damage,” said HFD Deputy Chief James Pennington, according to khou.com. Fortunately, everyone from the homes were evacuated safely.
The first structure believed to catch fire was said to be under construction. It collapsed while the HFD was extinguishing the fire.
One firefighter was injured on site. “A crew was pulling a hose when a brick wall collapsed and partially buried the firefighter,” said Chief Deputy Pennington.
As of right now, the start of the fire is unclear. According to khou.com, “The HFD Arson Division will be leading the investigation,”. The investigation will begin as soon as it is safe to do so.
Video footage from a doorbell camera caught the scene from across the street. The neighbor, Mary Ellen Emiola, watched as flames engulfed what once were homes. “When I walked out of my balcony upstairs, flames were coming. Heat was coming towards my face,” Emiola said. “It was very, very intense.” (khou.com).
In a happy ending to a grim story, the firefighter was released later in the day. He only received minor injuries from the collapse and is expected to make a fully recovery.
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