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Published on April 20, 2024
Houston Apartment Fire Causes $75,000 in Damage, Claims Lives of PetsSource: Google Street View

Flames ripped through a Westchase area apartment on Wednesday, leading to one civilian suffering minor injuries and the tragic death of several pets. The fire, which broke out at 2:22 p.m. at 3131 Hayes Rd., caused an estimated $75,000 in damage, according to the Houston Fire Department.

Responding within a mere two minutes, firefighters found smoke billowing from the second floor of the building. The Houston Fire Department reported one person was treated for smoke inhalation after attempting a rescue for their pets. Several pets were discovered by firefighters, but most were unable to survive the blaze. The fire, deemed unintentional, started on a stove top.

Detailed in a Houston Fire Department official report, the kitchen incurred severe damage, while the rest of the unit suffered smoke damage. Despite the losses, firefighters were able to save roughly $75,000 worth of property.

In the aftermath, the American Red Cross stepped in to assist the affected residents. Apartment management has been notified of the incident, which saw 36 personnel responding, including firefighters from Stations 78, 83, 10, 60, 69, 6, 75, and 57, trying to save a home from smoke and flames. The community now mourns the loss of beloved pets and faces the challenge of rebuilding after the fire's destruction.