Fire Burns Homes Near Downtown Houston

High winds played havoc with firefighters as they battled a two-alarm fire at a house just northeast of downtown Houston (TX), reports the Houston Chronicle.

Jay Evans, spokesman for the Houston Fire Department, said the fire started in a shop and people tried to use garden hoses to put out the flames. But strong winds whipped up the fire and pushed it into two adjacent homes.

Firefighters put down the fire about 45 minutes later. No injuries were reported.

Evans said firefighters called for more manpower and equipment as a precaution in case the high winds continued to whip up the flames.

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