Dozens Left Homeless After Irving Apartment Fire

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Jul 28, 2011  |  Updated 10:15 AM CDT
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Irving Fire Chief Mario Molina talks about an apartment fire that displaced nearly 100 people early Thursday.

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Irving Fire Chief Mario Molina talks about an apartment fire that displaced nearly 100 people early Thursday.

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A four-alarm apartment complex fire in Irving has left one person hurt and more than 80 residents homeless during extremely hot weather Thursday morning.

Irving Fire Chief Mario Molina said 50 apartments at The Heights in Irving suffered damage from fire and smoke and that he heard seven people transported themselves to the hospital for smoke inhalation before firefighters arrived on the scene.

Paramedics removed one woman on a stretcher during Wednesday night's fire. Further details on her condition were not immediately available.

High heat and wind impacted the firefighters ability to knock the fire down quickly, Molina said.  The department rotated crews to keep firefighters safe and cool and received backup from Dallas Fire Rescue.

American Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster said volunteers are working to provide housing to the dozens of residents left homeless because of fire or because electricity at their undamaged units was lost.

Forecasters say temperatures were at about 90 degrees at the time of the fire. Foster said Red Cross teams will also monitor that housing situation due to the extreme heat.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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