Blaze in East Dallas Injures Firefighter

By Omar Villafranca
|  Sunday, Feb 13, 2011  |  Updated 10:30 PM CDT
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Blaze in East Dallas Injures Firefighter

Blaze in East Dallas injures iirefighter

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More than 40 residents are looking for a place to stay, after a fire damaged their apartment complex. Residents reported smoke at the Heritage Apartments in the 2100 block of Highland Drive at about 3:30pm on Sunday afternoon.

"I just heard somebody say there was smoke coming out the building and everybody better get out. And I went out hollering every-body's name," said Janice Alexander, a resident at the Heritage Apartments.

One firefighter was injured when he fell through the roof. His injuries aren't life threatening."He was more embarrassed by the attention than anything else and that's a good sign," said Lt Joel Lavender with Dallas Fire Rescue.

A total of 24 units were damaged. At least five were a complete loss. Italy Gonzalez was able to save her most prized possession: her pet hamster named Precious."I was super happy that she was alive," Gonzalez said. "I think she's doing well."

Many of the residents will stay at a temporary shelter set up by the Red Cross at the Harry Stone Recreation Center in the 2400 block of Millmar Drive.

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