Three die in Crosby apartment fire

- On a hot summer day in Houston dozens of people sit outside of an apartment complex in the 15000 block of FM 1200, watching fire crews battle the flames engulfing their homes.

Laneita Brewer who lives in one of the buildings that caught fire describes what she saw, "it was bright red, you could see all the way through the apartments".

Crosby Fire Department got the call at about 6:15 Saturday morning.

"A lady was beating at my neighbors door at 6:30 this morning because he is handicapped and he doesn't really answer the door, so she was beating on it and I opened my door and you could see the whole other building on fire, by the time we helped him get downstairs our building was on fire", describes Brewer.

The fire was difficult for crews to fight because of the conditions. Public information officer with the Harris County Fire Marshal's office Rachel Moreno says, "they will make sure the walls won't collapse so that when the investigators and fire fighters are in there that nothing falls on them while they are in there searching and their investigation to see what caused it".

Officials say that most were able to get out, except three people who's bodies were found in the afternoon.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

"we are going to go through all of our steps, it's a very scientific process, to see what we can eliminate, to hopefully come down to one cause to see what started it", says Moreno.

Two other suffered minor injures and two fire fighters suffered from heat exhaustion on scene.

Donations for the families that lost everything are being collected at Churches United In Caring off Church Street in Crosby.

Saturday night families were picking up what they could from their damaged apartments and moving into available ones.

"Tonight they told us they were going to clean it and morning they told me they were going to give me a key for next apartment", says Moez Mansaya.

 

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