Man Charged in Houston Apartment Complex Fire

Arson investigators have arrested a man for allegedly causing a massive fire that injured three firefighters and left dozens homeless Tuesday in northwest Houston, reports (

Officials charged Danny Isidoro, 18, with reckless arson for allegedly sparking a fire that grew to four alarms and gutted four buildings at the Gentry House apartments in the 9000 block of Kempwood Drive.

Rhonda Hayes stopped by the complex to see the damage. Her apartment is among the 70 or so fire officials consider a total loss.

Firefighters responded to the fire around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. There was little time for residents  to react as flames washed over four buildings within minutes.

Three firefighters were injured, including two who suffered from heat exhaustion.

“Fighting fires are already difficult enough with the gear and the heat of the fire,” said Capt. Ruy Lozano.

But when you add a 100-degree day like Tuesday, it can get dangerous.

“That gear absorbs a lot of heat when they’re inside.These guys come out, you touch that gear, it’s pretty hot, then it’s hard to cool off just by walking outside,” Lozano said.

It’s the main reason the fire department called for additional resources at the apartment complex. One hundred and twenty firefighters took turns every 15 minutes battling the flames.

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