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Posts published in “Day: March 29, 2016

Massive fire destroys 16 apartments; 1 fatality

NORTHEAST HOUSTON – Fire broke out at the Royale de Ville apartments last Friday morning, about 4 a.m., and destroyed 16 apartments, took the life of one man tentatively identified as Marcos Ovalle, 46, displaced 24 families, and destroyed five nearby autos.

The two alarm fire was battled valiantly by Aldine Fire and Rescue department late into the morning. Royale de Ville apartments are on Richcrest Drive near Imperial Valley Drive in the Greenspoint area.

Investigators and residents said that the fire appeared to start in the first floor unit at the center of the building, and spread upward to the second floor and roof.

Authorities have not determined the cause of the fire. Ovalle lived in the unit where the fire seemed to start, with another person who escaped the fire. The Harris County fire marshal is investigating.

Aldine Fire Chief Jackie Metcalfe said that when his department arrived, flames were already shooting through the roof, and they called for more men and equipment to help.

Firement could be seen near the flames, conducting a search and rescue of residents.

Residents expressed appreciation to the American Red Cross, who arrived early that morning, and provided temporary shelter, clothing, shoes, and food to displaced persons from the apartments.

Guard killed during failed armored-car robbery

HOUSTON – An armored car guard was killed during an attemped robbery at an ATM Chase machine in nort Houston.

According to Houston police, the fatal shooting happened at 5207 Airline Drive about 12 p.m. on Friday, March 18.

Three men were waiting in the parking lot of the Chase bank, Houston police said.

Melvin Moore, 32, an employee of Loomis armored car company, was servicing a drive-up ATM at a Chase bank on Airline Drive. While tending to the machine, an unknown male suspect exited the back seat of a black, four-door car and shot Moore. The suspect then got back in the vehicle, which fled westbound toward Highway 45 N., officials said.

Moore was then transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he died.

The driver of the Loomis truck remained in the vehicle. The suspects did not get away with any cash.

The shooter is described only as a black male.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.