3-Alarm Apartment Fire Contained in Lewisville

68 Apartments Threatened by Fire

By Chris Van Horne
|  Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 8:54 AM CDT
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Lewisville Fire Forces Dozens to Evacuate

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A late-night fire Monday in Lewisville forced dozens of residents to evacuate a sprawling apartment complex.

Two units were damaged by fire and as many as six others were damaged by water from fire fighting efforts at the Oaks of Lewisville.

Initial reports to fire crews said that residents were jumping from their balconies to escape the fire, although fire officials could not confirm if that actually happened.

The fire broke out on the top floor of an apartment building and crews saw flames rising 30 feet in the air when they first arrived.

Fire officials credited aggressive fire fighting tactics for limiting the spread of fire. Lewisville Battalion Chief Jerry Wells said a total of seven departments and 70 firefighters responded to the three alarm fire.

Wells said while fire crews made their initial attacks police officers knocked on and in some cases kicked in doors of residents to let them know to evacuate.

The Red Cross was on scene to assist residents, but most were allowed to return to their undamaged apartments a few hours later.

A total of 68 apartments were threatened by the fire, but Wells credits the apartments' fire breaks with slowing the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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