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Arlington Apartment Fire Displaces 28



    28 people displaced by the fire at the Brazos Park Apartments on Terlingua Lane in Arlington. (Published Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013)

    Freddie Robinson's family lost it all on Sunday when their apartment unit went up in flames. He lived at the Brazos Park Apartments on Terlingua Lane in Arlington.

    It started while he cooked breakfast for his sons.

    "Everything is gone in a matter of seconds," Robinson said. "Went upstairs to wake up my boys and attended to something things in the bedroom and then I heard the smoke alarm go off. That's when I immediately ran downstairs but it was already too late. The whole kitchen was in flames."

    Robinson only had enough time to grab his kids and get out with just the shirts on their back.. not even enough time for shoes.

    "From the time this initial call was dispatched at 9:26 [a.m.] until the arrival of the first unit which was about six minutes later, we had fire coming through two floors," said Arlington Fire Batallion Chief Gerald Randall.

    "You honestly don't know how bad fires can happen," said neighbor Shiela Tijernia. "I mean, matter of seconds. Like literally. Matter of seconds."

    Tijernia and her family are one of 28 people displaced by the fire. At least six apartments were affected. Two units are a total loss.

    The weather also played a role.

    "Firefighters in full gear with temps around 95 degrees and the humidity around 40 percent," said Chief Randall. "Firefighters are only going to be good for 15 minutes. I gotta pull them out and have adequate relief units there."

    "Lucikly nobody was hurt and my kids are safe and that's all I'm thankful for," said Tijernia.