Posted December 24, 2018
Soundbite: Houston Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Ruy Lozano
Updated December 28, 2018
Residents at Country Club Village Apartments woke up to smoke and flames this Christmas Eve. The 2-alarm fire happened at the apartment complex at 7018 S. Gessner in southwest Houston at 7:58 a.m. One person was found dead. One person and 1 firefighter were taken to the hospital.
HFD estimate $1,500,000 in damage. Arson investigators and the Houston Police Department are investigating the cause of the fire and the fatality.
When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire coming from two apartment buildings and responded to multiple reports of people trapped inside. HFD report several residents jumped from their apartment unit windows.
“One resident was found and taken outside of a window down to a ladder. An adolescent child was found deceased,” HFD stated in an update today.
Relatives, friends and employers of the apartment residents also arrived to offer places to stay. The American Red Cross is helping the displaced families. Crews from 27 fire stations, Hazmat, Heavy Rescue 1, Rescue 10, Rescue 42, Rehab and the HFD Critical Incident Stress Management Team also responded to this apartment fire.
Traffic was blocked at S. Gessner in both directions at Bellaire Boulevard and Neff Street for hours during the Christmas Eve fire.