On August 2, 2005, as Montgomery County Deputies were being dispatched to a fatal accident at SH 242 and FM 1488 a fire call came in for The Woodlands. The report was that there was a fire at Copperwood Apartments on South Panther Creek. Woodland’s units were responding. However, unlike other small cooking fires and alarms, the tone of voice when one of the trucks left the station was gut-wrenching. “Dispatch we have heavy fire visible”. Units went on location and started pulling multiple alarms. One building was heavily involved. For the next several hours it was one team of firefighters trying to hold the fire back as the other team rescued residents. Many of those residents were on top floors. Ladders were used on the rear of the building as one by one firefighter plucked elderly residents from the top floors. The next challenge was once on the ground to get them up to the parking lot over a six-foot retaining wall directly behind the building. In all, there was not one life lost. But without the efforts made by firefighters with flames licking at them and the threat of structural collapse lives would have been lost. The building was built years before sprinkler systems were required in Montgomery County.