4-alarm fire destroys hotel under construction

By Courtney Gilmore, Reporter, cgilmore@kprc.com
Published On: Jul 02 2013 04:30:34 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 02 2013 03:25:36 PM CDT

July 2, 2013: An early morning fire destroys a hotel under construction. Courtney Gilmore reports.

HOUSTON -

Officials said a four-alarm fire destroyed a hotel which was still under construction early Tuesday morning in northwest Harris County.

The fire broke out around 3 a.m. Tuesday in the 13200 block of West FM 1960 and Highway 290.

Residents of the Best Western hotel next door were evacuated as a result.

"We heard banging on the door around 3 a.m., and cops were screaming for us to get out because the building next door was on fire," said Ross Adams, who was staying at the hotel with his wife. "We tried to get our car, but didn't have time, the heat was that intense. When we got to a safe place we got a good view of the fire and the roof was burning and you could see the embers falling and hear the popping. Everyone was scrambling to get out."

Every guest inside of the hotel got out unharmed.

The burning hotel was under construction and less than 20 feet away from the hotel.

A Cy-Fair firefighter was taken to the hospital after suffering a burn on the neck. He's listed in stable condition and is expected to be fine.

Fire crews used the Best Western parking lot to set up a ladder truck and shoot water on the flames to put out the hotspots.

The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the fire's cause.

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