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Massive 5-alarm apartment fire burning in Montrose
HOUSTON - From KHOU TV and www.khou.com
An entire apartment complex is burning on West Dallas in Montrose. The fire went to five alarms as the flames raced through the structure.
The unoccupied complex, under construction near the Montrose intersection, was gutted.
There is no word on injuries at this time, but a construction worker was rescued from the third floor, according to HFD.
The thick black smoke could be seen from several miles away as the flames burned out of control.
"It is very hot. Imagine how tough it is for the firefighters in heavy gear battling this fire," said KHOU 11 News reporter Marcelino Benito, who is at the scene.
The objective is to contain the flames and stop them from spreading to nearby structures, said HFD spokesman Rick Flanagan.
The nearby American General building has been evacuated as a precaution.
The wind is creating another challenge for the hundreds of firefighters who are battling the flames.
"This couldn't have happened on a worse day," said KHOU 11 News Meteorologist Brooks Garner. "The wind is moving from the northwest at 15 mph, with gusts over 20 mph."
West Dallas is closed at Montrose and traffic in the area is at a standstill.
This is the same complex KHOU 11 News reported on Monday night because it was builta few feet away from a historic cemetery. Magnolia Cemetery has been there since 1884.
The centuries-old headstones include familiar names in Houston history, including Bammel, Halliburton, Wortham and Telge.
This story comes to us through KFDM TV's media partnership with KHOU TV in Houston.