The large fire at an apartment complex under construction is now largely contained.

The eventual 5-alarm fire required a response from some 200 Houston Fire Department firefighters.  Shortly after the first units arrived on the scene one construction worker had to be rescued from the third floor after getting trapped by flames, "We had an early rescue early on in this incident from the third floor.  It's been a wind driven fire." said HFD's Ruy Lozano.

Lozano says the fire spread quickly because since the complex was still under construction, the building did not have any fire suppression systems.

One construction worker, Frank Callahan told KTRH that the fire started on the fifth floor when workers were doing roof and air conditioning system work, "It happened right around lunch time.  They started screaming, 'get out fire' and literally it took 15-minutes and half the building was engulfed." said Frank Callahan.

That particular apartment complex had been facing some harsh criticism from residents in the area since it was built directly next to a cemetery that held some century-old head stones.


A huge fire has erupted at a luxury apartment complex under construction in the Montrose. 

HFD crews are now fighting the 4-alarm fire at the site on W. Dallas and Marconi in the Montrose area.  The luxury apartments were under construction and no one was living in the building yet.

Fire crews are advising drivers to stay clear of the area.  Stay tuned to www.KTRH.com for the latest.