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Incident Update

Houston Fire Department


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: March 26, 2014 2:36:56 PM CDT

With Statement From Fire Chief

What: 5-Alarm Structure Fire
When: HFD was dispatched to the fire about 12:30 p.m. on March 25, 2014.
Where: high-rise apartment building under construction
Injuries: No reported injuries
Damage: Structure was totally distroyed.
Cause: This fire is still under investigation.
Details:

HFD responded to the fire and quickly upgraded the response to a 3-alarm at about 12:50 and to a 4-alarm at 1:04 p.m. The fire was upgraded to a 5-alarm fire at 1:25 p.m.  One individual was rescued from the scene, however they were not injured. 

In total, more than 90 units responded to the scene with more than 400 personnel.

Statement by the Chief: "Yesterday was a perfect example of how a calculated  and deliberate aggressive fire attack based on sound risk management, coupled with rapid response by available units can greatly influence the outcome of a structure fire. Not only did the HFD execute a dramatic rescue of a construction worker, they also orchestrated one of the largest fire attacks in a decade without a single injury.  To execute a campaign of this magnitude and manage to contain the fire to the structure of origin without a single firefighter or citizen injury, meets the specific goals of providing the highest level of customer service while proving for firefighter safety.  Our firefighters absolutely met our customers’ expectations. Finally, I would like to thank the community for all their support and positive comments during  and after the incident."


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