Fair Park Fire Causes Evacuations, Closures

Dallas firefighters said they evacuated multiple buildings after a 5-alarm fire broke out at a warehouse near Fair Park early Monday morning.

More than 100 firefighters responded to the fire in the 4100 block of Commerce Street at about 3:08 a.m., according to Dallas Fire Department spokesman Jason Evans. The source turned out to be a warehouse surrounded by several residential and commercial buildings.

"We had to escalate the response to 5-alarm just because of difficulty of access," Dallas Fire Department spokesman Jason Evans said.

Evans said some buildings near the warehouse had to be evacuated, but he wasn't sure how many people escaped the fire. No injuries were reported.

Kim Williams, who lives next to the warehouse, said she and her young son escaped the fire after he woke her up.

"By the time we got out of our apartment, it had come through the window and was burning inside our apartment," resident Kim Williams said. "Our animals were up there and we were trying to get them out."

The roof of the warehouse collapsed, but Evans said they don't think anyone was inside at the time. Dallas police said a family was living in the warehouse, but they made it out safely.

The fire caused authorities to close multiple roads, including parts of Interstate 30.

Officials said the fire also delayed the pullout of some DART light rail trains. DART officials said they could not operate Green Line trains between Hatcher and Baylor stations, so they put shuttle buses in place between the MLK and Deep Ellum stations.

American Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster said Dallas Fire-Rescue called them to assist. She said 40 nearly people were displaced in the fire, but most of them are insured. She said the Red Cross will assist one family.

Evans said investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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