Early-Morning Fire Displaces 12 on New Year's Eve

Required renters insurance will help residents recover faster, apt. representative says.

A fire broke out at an apartment complex in Hurst early New Year's Eve, displacing 12 people.

The fire started at the Remington Apartment Complex on the 1600 block of Campus Drive in Hurst at about 6:30 a.m.  Firefighters had the fire under control by about 7:15 a.m.

The fire appears to have started in a corner unit and quickly spread to seven other units through a common attic, destroying five of those residences. 

Two people, a police officer and a resident, were sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

BBR Management, which manages Remington Oaks, requires residents to purchase renters insurance. Kim Caldwell, regional director for the company, said there have been six fires at BBR properties in Texas this year. She said the insurance helps residents quickly get back on their feet.

"You are required to have car insurance, home insurance, so, it just makes since in an apartment community to have insurance as well," said Caldwell.

The American Red Cross is on scene assessing damage and apartment management are working to relocate affected residents to vacant units in the complex.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.  A damage estimate has not yet been released.

NBCDFW's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.

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