A spectacular two alarm fire early Wednesday destroyed an entire building at the Alamo Parks Apartments in the 2300 block of Austin Highway early today and left 31 people, including five children left with only the night clothes on their backs, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Fire Department spokesman Woody Woodward says arson investigators said the fire started in an outdoor closet on a second floor balcony which houses a hot water heater, and it quickly spread from there.
"It quickly shot up to the third floor, and completely engulfed the third floor," he said. "So bad, in fact, that the entire roof collapsed into the building."
He says crews quickly evacuated all of the apartments on in the building.
"We have 26 adults and five children who are being assisted by the Red Cross," he said. "Very grateful, that we had no injuries to fire department crews or to residents."
He said the Red Cross is assisting the people who lost everything in the fire and helping them find a place to stay.