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Wind-driven fires destroy two southwest Houston apartment complexes

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Remington Park Apartments fire January 2014
Firefighters battled the blaze at the Remington Park Apartments for close to an hour. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
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Thick smoke filled the area. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
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At least eight units at the Remington Park Apartments were fully or partially destroyed. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
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Firefighters were on the scene around 11 a.m. on Monday. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
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The fire has been rule accidental. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
Remington Park Apartments fire January 2014
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It took Houston firefighters close to an hour to control a fire that raged through a southwest Houston luxury apartment complex Monday. Four apartment units at the Remington Park Apartments, located at 5510 S. Rice, were destroyed and at least four others suffered smoke and water damage.

Seventeen Houston Fire Department units worked to contain the fire to one section of the apartments in the large complex while battling stiff winds. The utilities were cut and firefighters ventilated the roof to get the fire under control.

The fire, which was reported just after 11 a.m, appeared to have been sparked by an electrical problem in the attic. Investigators ruled it accidental. There were no reported injuries.

CultureMap contributing photographer Michelle Watson was on the scene and captured these photos.

On Sunday afternoon, a fire at the Legacy at Westchase Apartments at 10500 Westpark Monday afternoon damaged 12 units. There were no injuries but 25 occupants were relocated to temporary quarters by the Red Cross.

The fire, which was caused by a Christmas tree, caused significant damage to the roof and second floor apartments and water damage to first floor apartments. Firefighters battled heavy winds to control the blaze.