Just after 11 p.m. on Monday, Woodlands firefighters responded to a house fire in the Carlton Woods area of The Woodlands. As the first trucks pulled out of the station the orange glow in the sky told them they had a large working fire. Magnolia Fire Department was called in to assist.
As they arrived on the scene, they found a home at the end of South Lamerie, estimated to be over 12,000 square feet, heavily involved in fire. The home was in the final stages of construction.
Firefighters were able to access three sides from the streets, Sterling Ridge, South Lamerie Way and Pinnacle, and set up ladder trucks. For almost 3 hours, over 1.2 million gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire. At some points, the flow had to be cut back to allow the water system to catch up.
Just before 2:30 a.m. the fire was brought under control. With the home’s roof consisting of concrete tiles weighing over 5 pounds each, firefighters were forced to fight the fire from the outside. Several times they were able to enter just enough to shut down flames, but with portions of the roof still collapsing they were forced to retreat.
The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.