One person suffered a minor injury when an apartment building caught fire in Northwest Dallas Monday afternoon.
Dallas Fire-Rescue said firefighters were called just before 2 p.m. to a report of a fire at The Grove at Trinity Mills apartment complex, adjacent to the President George Bush Turnpike between Kelly Boulevard and Frankford Road.
When firefighters first arrived they reported a two-story building "fully involved."
Dallas Fire-Rescue said firefighters moved in for an offensive attack but the fire was too far gone. A second alarm was called and firefighters began attacking the fire using ground and ladder lines.
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By the time the fire was brought under control the building had suffered extensive fire damage, including a partial roof collapse.
DFR said there were a total of 16 units in the apartment building, but that investigators were still working to determine how many suffered fire damage.
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Cecilia Joaquin can’t think about putting her life back together just yet. Her unit was destroyed, but right now she’s simply surviving. She was home cooking for her three-year-old and five-year-old son and daughter when she noticed smoke.
"And we turned around and all we could see was just fire. I just grabbed my kids and I just left. And everything just happened so fast," Joaquin said.
Joaquin said what’s most important is her family. After today, she’ll focus on regaining what was lost.
"I’ve never experienced nothing like this in my life to tell you the truth. I’m just so surprised how fast everything happened. Within a blink of an eye everything was gone," she said. "A lot of memories [lost] but I can make new ones. I’m just glad everyone got out safe."
Monroe Hernandez said an elderly relative returned home to a commotion, but thankfully her apartment remains intact.
"They came back over here and saw all the ambulance and fire trucks and policemen and everything. They were all excited hoping everything was ok with her apartment," said Hernandez.
Dallas Fire-Rescue tells NBC 5 some 40 people are displaced as a result of the fire. Red Cross was on site providing assistance.
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A total of sixteen units responded to the blaze which took roughly 45 minutes to control. The cause of the fire is unknown and the investigation is ongoing.