An explosion has rocked a building on Fannin Street in downtown Houston, with an office even bursting into flames as shown by an eyewitness video.
Twitter user Eliud Balderas posted a video that shows a burning building pouring black smoke into the sky. He also wrote: “Next to my apartments we just heard an explosion!!! “ He tagged @LStarLegal and used the hashtags in his tweet: “#explosion, #houston, #downtownhouston, #HarveyStorm, #harveyhouston.” Balderas filmed the fire from his apartment using a smartphone.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Next to my apartments we just heard an explosion!! <a href="https://twitter.com/LStarLegal">@LStarLegal</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/explosion?src=hash">#explosion</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/houston?src=hash">#houston</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/downtownhouston?src=hash">#downtownhouston</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HarveyStorm?src=hash">#HarveyStorm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/harveyhouston?src=hash">#harveyhouston</a> <a href="https://t.co/JZQGpewoab">pic.twitter.com/JZQGpewoab</a></p>— Eliud Balderas (@eliuditito) <a href="https://twitter.com/eliuditito/status/902182839978000386">August 28, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Local ABC affiliate KTRK also reported that the burning structure houses Lone Star Legal Aid, which provides free legal assistance.
There is no word yet from authorities as to how the fire started. A thick cloud of smoke can be seen rising at the site of the burning in downtown Houston.
The fire took place just when half a dozen offices across Texas were closed on Monday as a powerful storm continues to affect the state.
Thousands of people have been either displaced from their homes or trapped inside their residences as Hurricane Harvey battered Houston. President Donald Trump has approved declarations of disaster for Texas and Louisiana, which then would authorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency to oversee relief efforts.
Houston officials continue to seek help from everyone to assist residents to escape flood waters, even publicly requesting for anyone with a boat to rescue individuals in dire need of help.