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Houston Fire at Apartment Construction Site Takes Hours To Control

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By Newsmax Wires   |   Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 06:28 AM

A large apartment complex under construction in Houston caught fire on Tuesday and hundreds of emergency personnel needed more than two hours to finally bring the blaze under control.

The Houston Fire Department said the blaze that sent thick, black smoke billowing in to the sky was "under control" about two-and-a-half hours after it started.

All construction workers who had been in the high-rise building were accounted for, and no injuries have been reported.

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Houston Fire Department spokesman Capt. Ruy Lozano told the Houston Chronicle that one man was rescued as he prepared to jump to safety. Fire officials said more than 200 emergency personnel had responded to the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to The Associated Press.

Lozano told the Chronicle that high winds caused the fire to spread quickly. Much of the building was reduced to rubble Tuesday.

The dramatic blaze first was reported about 12:30 p.m. The fire was upgraded to a five-alarm call about an hour later.

Lash LaRue told the newspaper that he was installing phone lines on the fifth floor of the building when he heard a loud crash and then saw the ceiling collapsing and flames shooting through.

"It was wicked," LaRue said.

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