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Flames, smoke seen in Calhoun Lofts


The Daily Cougar counted seven fire trucks, five rescue vehicles and two ambulances. | Stefani Crowe/The Daily Cougar

The Daily Cougar counted seven fire trucks, five rescue vehicles and two ambulances. | Stefani Crowe/The Daily Cougar

Students evacuated the Calhoun Lofts Tuesday evening when flames and smoke were seen by residents coming from an apartment.

“Calhoun Lofts was evacuated after a fire started earlier (Tuesday) evening in a room on the third floor of the building. Police and fire fighters responded. Flames are no longer visible, the situation is now under control and there are no injuries,” said Richard Bonnin, interim associate vice president and vice chancellor of marketing and communication.

The Houston Fire Department extinguished the fire and an investigation is underway.

“A cardboard box placed on top of a stove is thought to be the source of the fire,” said Director of Media Relations Shawn Lindsey.

Residential Life Coordinator Jamica Johnson said to residents in an email at 8:21 p.m. that they would be displaced from the fire until HFD gives the all clear — something she said could take an hour and a half.

This story was updated with additional information at 9:09 p.m. July 16.
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