Fire Destroys Old Warehouse, Car Dealer in Houston

Officials say an overnight fire at a vacant warehouse in South Houston spread to a used car dealership and knocked out power to hundreds overnight.

A Houston Fire Department statement said the fire was extinguished before dawn Thursday. Arson investigators from nearby Pasadena investigated the fire.

Fire department authorities said a transformer near the two-story warehouse exploded during the fire, first reported at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials said several vehicles in a dealership lot were damaged or destroyed. Some of the vehicles burned. No damage estimate was immediately available.

CenterPoint Energy had restored most power by Thursday morning.

Firefighters told KPRC low water pressure in the area made it difficult to extinguish the flames.

Nobody was hurt.

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