A reader sends us this view from the scene of the YMCA on Louisiana and Pease Downtown. A fire broke out in a resident’s room on the 9th floor of the 67-year-old building early this afternoon after someone left a lit candle unattended, according to news reports. YMCA officials tell Channel 2 News that 16 residents will need to be relocated as a result of the damages.
Of course, all 135 residents of the YMCA will need to be relocated after the new YMCA down the street at 808 Pease St. (at Milam) opens this October. The YMCA plans to demolish the Louisiana St. building, then sell the vacant 85,000-sq.-ft. property to Chevron, which owns the shiny former Enron building next door. The new Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA now under construction contains no residences.
Late Update: Our correspondent sends in a later photo from the scene:
After the fire trucks move on, the Stanley Steemer vans move in:
- 3-Alarm Fire Breaks Out At YMCA [Click2Houston]
- Fire breaks out at old downtown YMCA [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: New Downtown Y: All the Letters Are Up, A Peek Inside the New Downtown Sweatbox, The New Downtown YMCA Replacement: When?, Downtown YMCA To Self-Destruct, Finally
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