Search continues for missing firefighter in condo fire




Posted on May 20, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 2:48 PM

DALLAS — About 150 firefighters are working together to clear debris in their search for a firefighter who went missing after using his radio to report he was trapped at about 5:30 a.m. Monday during a six-alarm blaze at a northeast Dallas condominium building.

The fire at the complex, located in the 2300 block of Abrams Road just north of LBJ Freeway, burned so intensely that firefighters had to call for six alarms, bringing additional manpower to the scene. A portion of the three-story building collapsed and the blaze destroyed at least 24 condos.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans confirmed that one firefighter went missing around after he was heard on the radio saying, "I'm trapped."

Two Dallas firefighters, both with leg injuries, were taken to a hospital and a resident was treated for smoke inhalation.

It appeared that no tenants were missing or injured in the fire that was first reported at 3 a.m. The American Red Cross was at the scene to assist residents with emergency needs.

Firefighters were paying close attention to embers from the blaze that could threaten other nearby homes and apartments.

"They're fighting the wind today, and it's making it worse for them to try and get it out," said a neighborhood woman who identified herself as Selina. "The flames are just incredible, and my heart goes out to everyone involved."

Streets surrounding the fire scene were closed to traffic to clear the way for emergency vehicles.

According to tax records, the 394,000 square foot condominium building was built in 1980.