Dozens Displaced by Dallas Apartment Fire

By Greg Janda
|  Friday, Jun 21, 2013  |  Updated 12:23 PM CDT
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Dozens of residents have been displaced by an apartment fire that destroyed eight units early Friday morning.

Kendra Lyn, NBC 5

Dozens of residents have been displaced by an apartment fire that destroyed eight units early Friday morning.

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Dozens Displaced by Apartment Fire

Dozens of residents have been displaced by an apartment fire that destroyed eight units early Friday morning.
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Dozens of residents have been displaced by an apartment fire that destroyed eight units early Friday morning.

Neighbors reported seeing the fire start at about 3 a.m. Friday on the outside of the Spanish Garden Apartments at 2838 Royal Lane in Dallas.

Investigators said they are looking into whether an electrical program is to blame for the blaze. Fire crews said power lines run from a transformer on the backside of the building and into the complex. The cause is still under investigation, but it’s believed to be accidental. 

Firefighters were able to keep the blaze contained to one building, but had trouble knocking down the fire after it spread to an area of flat line roof that had another, sloped roof constructed on top of it during a remodeling of the buildings. A Dallas fire chief told NBC 5's Kendra Lyn that situation was not uncommon.

A total of 29 people, 19 adults and 10 children, have been displaced by the fire. Residents were able to evacuate and no one has been reported as missing.

Firefighters have been able to enter the units to retrieve essential items like medications for some of the residents, but crews are concerned about the possibility of collapsing ceilings in areas where water is sitting on top of the roof.

Some residents reported that smoke alarms did not go off when the fire started. Investigators said they are looking into those claims.

The Red Cross is helping the residents displaced by the fire.

NBC 5's Kendra Lyn contributed to this report.

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