Nearly two dozen families were evicted from their homes early Thursday after a fire broke out in an apartment building in northeast Dallas, firefighters said.
Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesperson Jason Evans said firefighters were first called at 12:50 a.m. to the Oak Meadows Apartments located at 11050 Woodmeadow Parkway. First responders found heavy flames erupting from the roof of the 3-story building, prompting an immediate call for further assistance.
Crews were able to prevent the blaze from spreading further by gaining access to a covered walkway in front of the direction of fire travel, Evans said.
One resident was burned while trying to escape the blaze. He was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A nighttime fire forced 23 families from their homes in an apartment complex in northeast Dallas. Video courtesy: Metro.
A total of 24 units were damaged, Evans said, including one unoccupied. Twelve of the units were damaged by fire and the rest were uninhabitable due to water and smoke damage.
The American Red Cross is helping 23 families who were left homeless because of the fire, Evans said.
Investigators believe the fire started in a unit on the third floor. The exact cause of the fire is not yet known, Evans said.