HOUSTON -- A 99-year-old woman's home, which was under renovation, was heavily damaged after flames swept through it early Tuesday.
Houston firefighters arrived around 2:30 a.m. to find flames coming from a two-story home on Oakdale and Palmer. They made a fast attack, tapping it out, but extensive damage was already done.
A contractor at the scene said the home was under renovation and the elderly homeowner was due to move back in next week.
"It's like a nightmare right now. I don't believe this is happening. We had about one week left to punch out and let her move in; 98 percent finished," Michael Potts said.
Potts said the homeowner had been living at the house for more than 40 years, and was looking forward to returning home.
"She had a big smile on her face every time she'd come to see the work. I don't think anyone has woke her up to tell her what happened yet. I thought it was a dream, this is unbelievable," he said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.