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41-YEARS AGO TODAY -ONE OF HOUSTON’S LARGEST FIRE WHICH LED TO THE BAN ON WOOD SHINGLES

WOODWAY SQUARE APARTMENTS. AFTER ONE UNIT CAUGHT FIRE WIND BLEW EMBERS ACROSS OTHER BUILDINGS CEDAR SHINGLE ROOFS SPARKING ADDITIONAL FIRES. EVEN HOMES IN THE AREA CAUGHT FIRE. THAT FIRE LATER CAUSED THE HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL TO BAN CEDAR SHINGLE ROOFS. THE SAME ROOFS THAT WERE BY MOST DEED RESTRICTIONS THE ONLY ONES ALLOWED.

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  1. WoodlandsDude

    I worked in an office building at 610 and 59 at that time. My office was on the top floor facing that direction so I saw the whole thing. Those apartments had wooden-shingle siding in addition to any wooden shingle roofing. That fire grew so fast it was crazy. Dry cedar shingles are an excellent fuel.

    1. Michael

      You know that the City of London burned down a couple times (most of the city!) because fires leapt from wooden rooftop to wooden rooftop… you’d think people would have realized wooden rooftops are a really BAD idea a very long time ago!

      “People are stupid!” – MiB

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