DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An early morning house fire in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas killed one person. Emergency crews were called to the scene, located in the 1400 block of Nokomis Avenue, just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
When crews arrived, they found the single-story brick home consumed with smoke. Flames were shooting out of the back of the home. The fire, officials said, started in either the kitchen or garage.
One man was asleep inside of the home at the time. Firefighters were able to locate the man, who lived alone in the home, but could not save his life. Officials believe that he may have died from smoke inhalation.
Fighting fires in extremely cold conditions poses additional challenges for rescue crews. Temperatures on Wednesday morning were well below freezing across North Texas on Wednesday morning. Many places were in the teens or even below 10 degrees, and ice still covered the ground after Tuesday morning’s sleet and snow storm. “The ice, and these trucks are heavy, so we have to drive really slow. And it’s just a road hazard itself,” explained Capt. Paul Martinez with Dallas Fire-Rescue.
“The second problem is that it’s cold and the water freezes,” Martinez continued, talking about water used to battle the flames.. That excess water hits the roads and freezes, making conditions even more slippery for crews on the scene and residents nearby.
Emergency officials are still trying to determine the cause of the Wednesday morning fire.