Dallas firefighters battle four-alarm apartment fire

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Posted on February 13, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 13 at 10:48 PM

DALLAS -- Firefighters were trying to control a four-alarm apartment fire in east Dallas just north of LBJ Freeway on Skillman Street Thursday evening.

Dallas Fire-Rescue began working the fire at the Stone Ranch Apartments in the 9300 block of Skillman when it was two alarms at about 4:45 p.m.. Within minutes, the flames began showing on the outside of the structure as HD Chopper 8 hovered above and a third and fourth alarm were raised.

DFR spokesman Jason Evans said when crews arrived at the three-story building, they could see smoke coming from the third floor, but it quickly spread once it reached the attic space.

As the fire escalated, firefighters cleared residents from the building and continued to fight the fire from the outside.

There were no reports of injuries among the residents. One firefighter sustained a minor injury when some ceiling debris fell on him. He was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation, but is expected to be fine.

The fire was finally tapped out shortly after 9 p.m. according to Dallas Fire-Rescue.

Fire investigators aren't allowed in the building at this time, but are interviewing residents to attempt to find the cause of the fire. As it stands now, the cause is undetermined, Evans said.

The Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster said crews are going to the scene to assist with those displaced by the fire.

Thirty-six residents were displaced from the building that burned down, while another 45 people were displaced from a second building due to a lack of electricity and some fire damage.

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