Multiple Manhattan Fire Department trucks were on scene and firefighters worked to contain the blaze, but it was already too late. The nearly completed four-story apartment building on the corner of 4th Street and Leavenworth Street was beyond saving. Firefighters concentrated their efforts on protecting the buildings nearby from the embers being carried by the strong, southwest winds.
Witnesses as far away as Walmart reported seeing debris from the fire floating in the wind. Witnesses in Aggieville reported the blaze was so large, it looked as though it were a house fire in Aggieville instead of a dozen blocks away..."