Explosion, Fire Reported in Downtown Houston

August 28, 2017 Updated: August 28, 2017

An explosion was reported in downtown Houston amid heavy flooding, according to local media reports on Monday, Aug. 28.

Footage of the incident shows a raging blaze, with flames leaping out windows.

Local residents said they heard an explosion.

One firefighter was injured while trying to put out the fire, KPRC reported.

 

The fire took place at Lone Star Legal Aid offices, ABC13 reported.

It’s located at 1415 Fannin St. No. 300 in downtown Houston.

 

It’s unclear how the fire started.

It’s also unclear if there were any casualties. 

On Friday, Hurricane Harvey slammed into southern Texas, inundating Houston and surrounding areas with floodwater. At least five people have died, officials said, adding that the number is likely to rise.

“We’ve made significant investments,” Dr. Umair Shah, who is the executive director of Harris County’s public health department, told The New York Times Sunday. “The challenge is until it unfolds there’s so many moving pieces and it’s never the same as the situations you’ve previously encountered.”

Residents use a truck to navigate through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)
Residents use a truck to navigate through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, Aug. 27, 2017. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Area residents use a kayak to rescue motorists stranded on Interstate highway 45 which is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey seen during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas, U.S. on Aug. 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Carson)
Area residents use a kayak to rescue motorists stranded on Interstate highway 45, which is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey seen during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 27, 2017. (Richard Carson/Reuters)

FEMA, meanwhile, said that some 30,000 people will be moved to shelters.

“The sheltering mission is going to be a very heavy lift,” FEMA Administrator Brock Long said Monday, USA Today reported. 

Louis Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service, noted that some areas of southeast Texas around Houston have experienced more than 30 inches of rain. “We are seeing catastrophic flooding, and this area is likely to expand,” Uccellini said, as per USA Today.