Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Fire at 65-Year-Old, 17-Story Dallas Tower

Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at a prominent high-rise tower in Dallas Wednesday morning. [[420453463,C]]

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials said they responded to a call at the 17-story Corrigan Tower in the 1900 block of Pacific Avenue at about 2:45 a.m. and found smoke on the 11th floor.

Firefighters traced the source of the smoke to a burning tar shingle and quickly extinguished it. Moments later another fire ignited in the basement and, again, after finding the source, firefighters extinguished the fire.

Investigators said both fires were accidental and though they were in separate locations they were indirectly related.

Officials said the shingle caught fire due to earlier work being done on the roof with a torch and that the second fire was due to an overheated fire pump.

"Though the fire was small, the smoke got into the building, was distributed throughout, by way of the HVAC, and tripped the alarm system. The alarm would not reset; which caused the fire pump, located in the basement, to continuously run and overheat until it caught fire," Dallas Fire-Rescue said.

Both fires left behind minimal damage with costs estimated to be around $1,500.

The 17-story building — also known as 1900 Pacific — opened in 1952.

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