At 05:04 a.m. on February 26, 2011, the Seabrook Volunteer Fire Department received a call regarding a fire at the Emerald Shores Apartments at 3802 NASA Road 1. Despite a quick response the fire spread rapidly, destroying two buildings and damaging a third. The buildings were connected by breezeways, which helped spread the fire. Aggressive defensive operations ultimately stopped the spread of the fire.
One resident was seriously burned and had to jump into the pool to extinguish the fire on him. He was transported to UTMB Hospital in Galveston with burns on over 60 percent of his body. News reports indicated the fire was started by a resident who was cooking french fries. Forty-six apartment units were destroyed and the Red Cross assisted approximately 100 families who were displaced.
Ten area fire departments assisted Seabrook in controlling this blaze, including Kemah, Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, Nassau Bay, Webster, League City, Bacliff, Forest Bend, and Friendswood. Over 100 firefighters were on scene, with 25 chief/support vehicles, 15 engines, 5 ladders, 4 rescues, 1 rehab, and 1 booster. Clear Lake Emergency Medical Corps had four ambulances on scene and assisted with rehab. Five law enforcement agencies assisted at the scene, and the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the fire.