Apartment Fire Forces 73 Residents Out of Their Homes: Irving Fire

The Irving Fire Department reports no injuries to residents or firefighters

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An overnight apartment fire forced 73 residents out of their homes according to the Irving Fire Department.

Firefighters were called to the Bentwood Apartments at 831 S. Nursey Road around 1:14 a.m. Tuesday.

The Irving Fire Department said dozens of fire trucks were sent to the scene.

"When fires get into the void spaces inside of buildings it makes it difficult, but the reason we went defensive is because it looked like there was going to be some collapse," said Anthony Kennedy with the Irving Fire Department.

The fire was moving so quickly through the two-story complex that firefighters first had to evacuate residents and make sure everyone was out safe.

"They started evacuating us, knocking on doors, saying 'hey you need to evacuate the building,'" said resident Erica Castillo. "There are some people who just ran out with their pets, some with their children, and there are some people who didn't have time to put on clothing. So it was pretty hectic."

The Irving Fire Department reports no injuries to residents or firefighters.

Firefighters got the fire under control just before 3:30 a.m.

A resident claims a neighbor's stove may have caused the fire, but Irving Police have not confirmed an official cause and said the fire is currently under investigation.

Residents displaced by the fire were sent to the Senter Park Recreation Center where the Red Cross has been called in to help.

Initially IFD reported that 120 residents were displaced, but reduced that number to 73 around midday on Tuesday.

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