1 Dead, 2 Hurt in North Dallas House Fire: DFR

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One person died and two others were hurt, including a firefighter, after a North Dallas home caught fire Wednesday morning, first responders say.

A Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman said the fire was reported at about 6:50 a.m. at a house along the 7900 block of Briaridge Road. First responders immediately saw thick, black smoke and heavy flames coming from the one-story home.

In a news release, DFR said firefighters learned of reports of a woman still being inside the home as it was burning, which prompted crews to use hand lines to suppress the flames and enter the structure.

It took firefighters more than an hour to put out the flames.

The woman, who has not yet been identified by the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office, was found dead inside, according to DFR.

Neighbors tell NBC 5, they did not hear or see the fire but say a man in his 60s who lived in the home ran next door to ask for help early this morning.

He was taken to a hospital with burn injuries, DFR said.

During the firefight, one firefighter became trapped inside and issued a 'mayday' call which increased the response to a 'two-alarm.'

Neighbor Sarah Gillette watched as two people were pulled from the burning building.

“The firefighter appeared to be ok,” she said. “The woman was not. It was traumatic. My kids were out here with us too so it was very upsetting.”

The firefighter was hospitalized as a precaution.

“We were able to quickly get to that firefighter and get him to safety,” said DFR spokesman Jason Evans. “He didn’t suffer anything more than a little smoke inhalation, thankfully.”

Investigators are working to determine what caused the fire.

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