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Fast-Moving Fire Guts Dallas Apartment Building

Alert Neighbors Initiate Evacuation

A 2-STORY APARTMENT BUILDING IN DALLAS, TEXAS, was burned out early Thursday morning, but all the residents were able to escape safely.


The fire began shortly before midnight, but fortunately some neighbors were still awake and went through the building banging on doors and alerting the others as the fire was spreading through the building.  The residents only had time to flee, leaving everything behind.

KDFW-TV reports:  Rescuers [sic] responded to 911 calls about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night and found fire shooting through the roof of the two-story complex.

"It spread very quickly to the next apartment and then spread down. And then there was an explosion," said resident Selena Zavaleta. "The flames were probably 20 feet above the roofline before the fire department got here."

The fire department struck a 2nd-alarm and had the fire out in about 45 minutes.  The early reports say that eight dwelling units were destroyed or heavily damaged by the fire.

WFAA-TV posted this video report from the scene:


The fire began in an upstairs unit, but the cause will not be determined until later today at the earliest.

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