September 26, 2023

Apartment fire above Bob's Grocery

GALVESTON — A fire official confirmed one person has died in an early morning apartment fire in downtown Galveston.

The man who died was among five people and two dogs initially rescued from the five-story building in the 500 block of 21st Street shortly after 5 a.m. this morning, Interim Galveston Fire Chief Mike Wisko said.

Ambulance crews responded to the scene and took the man to the hospital. He was the only one transported, Wisko said.

Resident David Biondo, who knows the man hurt in the fire, said he saw firefighters pull him out of the building.

“He was unconscious,” Biondo said, as first responders tended to his neighbor.

Firefighters and police found heavy smoke on the third floor. Biondo said he awoke to someone yelling “fire!”

Another neighbor kicked in the deceased resident’s door, but the smoke was too thick to see inside, Biondo said.

Although firefighters called a second alarm as a precaution, they had the building evacuated and the fire extinguished within 24 minutes. The integrity of the building was unaffected, and fire only one apartment

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