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Rescue and Injuries in Texas Motel Fire

Children playing with lighter cause Spring fire

Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle with permission

SPRING, Texas (Houston Chronicle) – Two unattended children playing with a lighter caused a fire Wednesday at a Spring motel, and their caretaker could face charges, according to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.

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The children, ages 3 and 6, were among seven people hospitalized after the multi-alarm fire broke out at the Motel 6 at Cypresswood and Interstate 45, the fire marshal’s office said.

Firefighters in North Harris County rescue a man from a third story window during a multi-alarm fire at the Motel 6 on Cypresswood Ct., Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019, in Houston. (Houston Chronicle/Joe Buvid, Contributor)

The children and three adults suffered minor injuries. It’s unclear whether the other two people suffered serious injuries.

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Earlier in the afternoon, firefighters helped people and pets evacuate the building as they battled the blaze. Photos shared by the Spring Fire Department show smoke billowing from the roof and one firefighter helping a man out of a window.

Photos from the 3-alarm Motel 6 fire at I-45 and Cypresswood this afternoon. Seven people, including children were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Posted by Spring Fire Department on Wednesday, October 9, 2019
People are evacuating a Motel 6 in Spring as firefighters battle a three-alarm fire. (Houston Chronicle/Spring Fire Department)

American Red Cross was on the scene later in the evening, providing food to families and “comfort kits.”

The fire marshal’s office is discussing the possible charges against the caretaker with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Firefighters work to contain a wildfire burning off Merrill Dr. in Moraga, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Police ordered evacuations as the fast-moving wildfire spread in the hills of the San Francisco Bay Area community .The area is without power after Pacific Gas & Electric preemptively cut service hoping to prevent wildfires during dry, windy conditions throughout Northern California. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)