Fight breaks out after woman attacks man with baseball bat

Dozens of people were caught on camera in a massive street brawl that broke out outside an apartment complex after woman beat a man with a baseball bat.

Police say a fight began between three teenage girls, but soon escalated into what is seen in the video, with the incident being investigated as an aggravated assault.

The mobile phone footage was recorded by a witness on Monday evening, outside a residence in southeast Houston, in the US, before it was shared to social media.

A woman beat a man with a baseball bat outside an apartment complex in southwest Houston. Source: king.coka/Instagram

The clip shows one of the girls taking a baseball bat and swinging at a man a number of times, as a crowd of onlookers watch.

The man then retaliates, punching the woman at least two times, before onlookers become involved.

In seconds, the altercation erupts into an all-in brawl that spills onto the street.

The man punched the woman back, before a crowd of onlookers intervened. Source: king.coka/Instagram

Investigators have identified the man in the video as Samuel Lee Smith, 28, according to Fox 26 in Houston.

He reportedly got a lump on his arm as a result of the incident and told local reporters he intended to press charges.

The incident escalated into a massive street brawl, with the fight spilling onto the street. Source: king.coka/Instagram

Police say Mr Smith reportedly tried to break up an earlier fight between the girls by hiding his 18-year-old niece inside his apartment, before two other girls, aged 16 and 20, confronted him.

No arrests have been made and police told local news outlets that the incident remains under investigation.