The Fire Eventually Spread Left and Right to Envelop the Entire Structure
A late Friday night fire continues to burn into the night at the Preston Place condos located at 6255 W. Northwest Highway (map). The three-story, 60-unit complex is located between the Athena and Preston Tower high-rises on the north side of Northwest Highway near Preston Road … very near the new Transwestern Laurel apartments currently under construction.
Dawn Begins to Show the Level of Damage
Update 8:30am: Morning shows the extent of the damage. The entire perimeter of the roof and top floor units show signs of fire damage. Northwest Highway remains closed. Steam and smoke are still being carried by the wind. It appears no embers spread to neighboring complexes. I’m no insurance adjuster, but the building looks like a total loss.
Some nine hours after starting, firefighters still battle small blazes. The northeast corner still visibly burns.
Update 10:30am: Smoke continues to clear and the extent of the damage revealed. We were also alerted that last night good neighbors Preston Tower opened their community room to displaced homeowners and the Red Cross to coordinate aid.
FINAL Update 3:45pm: Not much has changed visually since this morning. Major flames are gone with the occasional flare-up (left side looked extinguished at 10:30am but has flared back). Steam and smoke will billow for hours to come. You know how it is, turn over an “extinguished” log only to find red-hot embers.
What has changed are the number of news vans seeking to eke out a story by invading victims’ pain on the worst day of their lives. A tear-stained face and a few choked-up words are chum to a voyeuristic public.
Northwest Highway has reopened and the Lookie-Lous are out.
Earlier I ran into Councilwoman Jennifer Gates who was seeking to aid her constituents on such a sad day. Lives may not have been lost, but for these residents, life’s contents are now ash.
Certainly there will be more to report on this catastrophe and CandysDirt.com will he there. New items will be posted in stand-alone stories.
(Back to original report …)
What started as a few emergency vehicles quickly grew to dozens as the fire spread from unit to unit eventually encompassing five window segments of the rear, easterly face of the building bordering the Diplomat. The fire started about 11:30 p.m.