FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - An early morning duplex fire injured five people Tuesday in west Fort Worth. The incident happened at about 3:30 a.m. in the 8100 block of Arbor Avenue. A neighbor first spotted the flames and called 911 to report the fire.
Two officers from the Fort Worth Police Department were the first authorities to arrive on the scene. They found a woman inside the home and pulled her out to safety. Firefighters then arrived and rescued a man from another part of the home.
The rescued woman was transported via air ambulance to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, as the man was taken to a hospital on the ground. The couple’s adult daughter had escaped the fire on her own, but went to the hospital because of difficulty breathing.
The other two injured people were those police officers who first entered the duplex amid heavy smoke and flames. They were treated at the scene and are expected to be just fine. Fire crews said that the police officers risked their lives to help save the victims. “I think it took an extreme amount of courage to go in that house with no protection, no breathing apparatus,” said Captain Tom Crow with the Fort Worth Fire Department. “It would have taken a lot of courage.”
The fire appears to have been primarily in the home’s garage. Investigators remained on the scene Tuesday morning to clear debris from the home and search for the cause of the blaze.
The family said that they did not hear a smoke alarm sound. It is not clear if they had one in the garage, or if it simply was not working.