Houston: Officials in Houston, Texas responded to a fire in the area only to realise that the office of the Consulate General of China was burning documents in the courtyard of the premises. This happened amid a heightened diplomatic and trade spat between the United States and China.
From the footage of the incident, the Houston Police Department and fire officials can be seen trying to enter the premises and put out the fire.
Neighbours called 911 around 8:20 PM and told officials they saw someone burning documents in the courtyard. However, when firefighters arrived, they weren’t allowed on the property in the 3400 block of Montrose Boulevard.
The fire was out shortly after the reports. This is a developing story that will be updated with more details as they become available.
Videos show several open bins or containers with flames coming out of them. People could be seen throwing things into the flaming bins.
Smoke billowed from the compound of the consulate and dozens of locals responded to it first.
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