Famed Gallery Furniture in Houston Ablaze

By: KHOU 11 News
By: KHOU 11 News

Over a hundred Houston firefighters battled a four-alarm fire at Gallery Furniture in North Houston.

The fire started at the back storage warehouse around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Over 120 firefighters were on the scene battling the blaze.

There were about 30 to 40 employess in the warehouse when the fire started. Officials say everyone made it out safely. There were also several customers in the showroom. They were escorted out safely.

"The warehouse boys did a good job at getting everyone out," said owner Jim McIngvale.

Employees say they first noticed the fire by the generator. They tried to put it out with extinguishers, but it flared back up and quickly got out of hand.

At one point firefighters feared the fire would spread from the warehouse to the showroom, but they were able to get it under control.

The warehouse, however, is a total loss.

Employees estimate that millions of dollars of merchandise were lost.

HFD District Chief Dowdy says the hardest part about fighting the fire was that they couldn't get inside the building and the narrow streets in the back. He says they had trouble getting their equipment close to the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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