NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY, TX - Last week, there was too much water in Northwest Harris County. Last night, possibly not enough.
A huge 3-alarm fire ripped through the Providence at Champions Apartment complex of off FM1960 on Wednesday night. What made matters worst for the firefighters, they had a hard time finding water. Jason Hearnsberger, of Champions Emergency Services District says, "There are no hydrants actually in this complex. We had to bring water in from hydrants outside of the complex."
This morning, residents confirmed this no hydrant hassle. Debra Ross says, "I think it could have been put out sooner. Firemen were looking for hydrants and either we don't have hydrants or we don't have water in those hydrants." Along with Champions Emergency Services District, several other departments responded to the alarms. About 100 firefighters fought the blaze which gutted the second-floor apartments. As many as 14 units were damaged.
Two people were hurt in the blaze. one sustained minor burn injuries, but details of the other person were not released. We've reached out to the apartment complex, to ask them about these seemingly important hydrants. We have not heard back from them. The Red Cross met with a dozen people from 6 families, and will be providing assistance. In the meantime, everyone is left to wonder; would the damage have been this bad if there was quicker access to water?