The blaze broke out just after noon Friday at a restaurant and club at the Southwest Inn on U.S. 59, one of Houston’s most heavily traveled expressways. Flames spread to the motel and were shooting from the roof before firefighters extinguished the blaze about two hours later.
The fire’s cause hasn’t been released.
Temperatures in the low 90s and high humidity hampered firefighting efforts. Smoke from the fire snarled traffic.