Several senior residents have reportedly been rescued. A rescue operation is under way after a fire broke out at a retirement complex in the US city of Houston, Texas. US television footage showed flames and smoke pouring from what appeared to be the fifth or the sixth floor of the eight-floor building. At least 75 firefighters are trying to lead some 250 elderly residents of the building to safety, using ladders. There has been no word on injuries or the cause of the fire, which broke out about 1000 local time (1600 GMT). Several of the home's residents have been rescued by the firefighters, reports say.
One person was seen being led to safety by a firefighter. "The fire is confined; the fire is not spreading," Beda Kent of the city's fire department was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency. The building is located in the 7200-block of Bellerive , in the south-western part of the city. It is owned by the Houston Housing Authority, the AP reports./ BBC /