HOUSTON (March 27, 2014) – Nearly twenty-four hours into the aftermath of Houston’s first Five-Alarm fire in over a decade, Cherry Companies, the Houston-based demolition and recycling company, was contracted to bring the remaining structures of the multi-story Axis apartment complex to the ground. The remaining standing structures included a large portion of apartment units and four, five-story cement block stair towers.
Cherry received a call from the Dallas-based developer of the complex on the morning of the 26th and quickly began mobilizing specialized demolition equipment and trained staff. The Houston Fire Department was still extinguishing remaining hot pockets as equipment from Cherry arrived on site by noon. Cherry’s excavators quickly began bringing the structure to a safe condition. Because the nature of the fire damage to the structures, it posed challenges in the approach to the demolition, but Cherry was ready to meet those challenges.
“Because of the unstable condition of the remaining structures, it’s important to have the equipment and experienced personnel to make the area safe. We are just thankful no one was hurt from this terrible fire and we want to keep it that way,” says Mike Dokell, Cherry’s VP of commercial demolition, and project manager on site.
Cherry continued work until nine in the evening when the structure was deemed safe by coordinated efforts of Houston’s Police Department, Houston Arson and OSHA. This enabled the city to reopen Montrose Blvd and West Dallas streets to traffic. Cherry is prepared to continue clean-up of the debris after investigations to determine the cause of the fire are complete.