Nearly two dozen families were forced from their homes early Thursday after a fire spread through a Northeast Dallas apartment building, firefighters say.
Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said firefighters were first called at 12:50 a.m. to the Oak Meadows Apartments located at 11050 Woodmeadow Parkway.
First responders found heavy flames shooting through the roof of the 3-story apartment building, prompting an immediate call for backup.
Firefighters attacked the fire and were able to stop it from spreading further by accessing a breezeway in front of the fire's direction of travel, Evans said.
One resident was burned while trying to escape. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
A total of 24 residences were damaged, Evans said, one of which was unoccupied. Twelve of the units were damaged by fire and the rest were uninhabitable due to water and smoke damage.
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The American Red Cross is helping 23 families who were left homeless by the fire, Evans said.
Investigators believe the fire began inside a residence on the third floor. The exact cause of the fire is not yet known, Evans said.