Just after 8 a.m. Friday morning George Leach was awakened by the smell of smoke in his home at 38 Rhapsody Bend Drive in The Woodlands. When he opened the closet door he discovered a halogen light fixture burning and attempted to extinguish it, that’s when the fire erupted. Telling his wife Tonya to call 911 he, his wife and their two children Whitney and Grant evacuated the home with very few belongings.
At 8:17 The Woodlands Fire Department was dispatched to the fire arriving 4-minutes later. Firefighters made initial entry into the home in an attempt to extinguish the blaze which had grown. Due to the way the home was constructed they had a difficult time trying to reach areas of the fire. It was then the concrete slate roof started to collapse in places forcing firefighters to start fighting the fire from the outside. Several sections of the roof dropped with tiles weighing 10-20 pounds each.
A second alarm was called for at 8:43 a.m. bringing additional manpower and equipment from South Montgomery County, Needham Road, Magnolia with other departments backing in to the now empty stations to cover the area.
It was almost 10:30 before the fire was brought under control.
Firefighters were able to cover the home owners vehicles in the initial stages of the fire. They suffered some minor damage when some roof tiles fell onto them. Firefighters also tried to salvage some belongings such as purses, and paintings on of which was from a deceased father. In addition they were able to recover a Earl Campbell jersey that had been framed and a Vick jersey also frames.
According to Montgomery County Assistant Fire Marshal Roland Morgan the home is a total loss with heavy fire damage to the upper floors and water damage to the first floor.