Breaking News (Updated): Apocalyptic Fire Ravaging Montrose Apartment Complex (w/ Video)

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Photo by Margaret Downing

Check out our slideshow of the fire.
Update:The Houston Fire Department declared the fire under control at 2:56 p.m. They say all the construction workers were accounted for and there were no injuries reported.

Update 2:32 p.m.: We talked to eyewitness Kim Cortez who works in the Wortham Tower across from the fire. She says that in less than five minutes it went from being a small fire on the roof of the apartments to the full on blaze you see in the photos above and below. "At first people were just watching and taking photos," she says, "and within five minutes you could tell it was just getting worse and worse."

We also have some more video from the scene as supplied by Houston Press Editor Margaret Downing:

Update 2:01 p.m.: Fire officials are saying that if you live in anywhere near the 2400 block of W. Dallas you should avoid the area. Crews are working to protect nearby buildings, but the winds are a problem today. One construction worker was rescued from the scene and fortunately there have been no injuries reported.

Update 1:39p.m.: The Houston Fire Department upgraded the response to a 3-alarm at about 12:50 and to a 4-alarm at 1:04 p.m. By 1:25 p.m. the fire at the complex in the 2400 block of W. Dallas Street was upgraded to a 5-alarm fire.
The fire department responded with 70 units and nearly 200 people.

Original story:
The Houston Fire Department is fighting a 2-alarm fire at an apartment complex at West Dallas and Marconi, just off Montrose.
Smoke can be seen downtown. People on their lunch break were describing a black wall of smoke.

Here's Instagram video by Melanie Tep taken from the Chase tower.

The fire broke out around 12:30 pm, KTRK reports. No injuries have been reported, and the cause is unknown, according to the report. We'll keep you posted.

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Juli Graves
Smoke billowing from the complex around 1p.m.

Officials started shutting down the street, hampering the flow of lunchtime traffic.

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KTRK screengrab

Reports say one construction worker was rescued in the blaze.

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John Rittman
A view from Dallas Street looking to West Gray Street.

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KTRK screengrab


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10 comments
gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Spark from an AC unit is reported as the source (unconfirmed). I live 2 blocks from there.

Conubio
Conubio

CultureMap is reporting that it's a "controversial" fire?


Any idea about what that allusion means? Does it mean that the fire's existence is a matter of controversy?

Chris Glazier
Chris Glazier

And in a related story. If you have ever read anything out of this paper chances are you have had smoke blown up your a$$

balzsac
balzsac

Here's hoping that no one was hurt, and this is but the first step in more de-gentrification to come.

juanda
juanda

@gossamersixteen

Heard from someone who lives nearby, and who talked to a construction worker there, that it was a welding tank fire. 

Delia
Delia

@Conubio

Confused with grammar again, so goes Culturemap. The fire wasn't controversial, though its cause might be, or the subject of the fire. Or something else. High school reportage strikes anew

Al_Sharpton
Al_Sharpton

@Conubio  The complex was being built next to Magnolia Cemetery, with some of the property lines feet from headstones. Some loudmouth was complaining about it on KHOU, 

ZeusTKP
ZeusTKP

@balzsac yes, let's hope they turn this, and the rest of Houston, into a big half burned crackhouse
*eyeroll*

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