A large explosion and fire at a downtown office building has killed at least nine people and injured at least 20 others, officials said.
The Houston Fire Department said the building was occupied by an office supply company.
Officials said the cause of the fire was under investigation.
The explosion happened on the 7th floor of the building on the 14th floor.
A large fire was burning in the building’s basement, Houston Fire Chief John Corbett said.
It’s not clear what sparked the fire.
Corbett described the explosion as “quite a big bang” and said the area was heavily damaged.
“It was a lot of fire and a lot more smoke,” he said.
A fire department official said he saw at least one body on the ground and several people injured.
The official said several people were treated and released.
“We have multiple fatalities and multiple injuries, so that’s not going to stop us from doing our job,” Corbett told reporters.
Correa, the state’s attorney, said that he and other officials were still working to determine how many people were injured.
Greg Abbott said he was “shocked and saddened” by the news.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the injured,” he tweeted.
Abbott said the governor called the state fire marshal on Thursday and told him about the explosion.
“The governor and his staff have been in contact with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Fire Marshal and have been closely monitoring the situation,” he added.
“They have been assured by the Texas Emergency Management Agency that the investigation is complete and that the damage and the rescue efforts are proceeding as planned.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.