Reporting Stephanie Lucero
PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) - Residents at the Windhaven Park Apartment complex in Plano said that they were awoken early Friday morning by two women banging on their doors, alerting them to a fire in the building. “I woke up this morning, someone was banging on my door, screaming at my door. I didn’t know what was going on,” said Kandice Marr, a tenant and mother of a 1-year-old boy.
Marr said that her son slept through it all, but was excited to see the fire trucks. “It could have been so much worse,” she said.
The complex is located in the 6200 block of Windhaven Parkway, just west of the Dallas North Tollway. The flames first started at about 3:30 a.m. Friday morning.
Marr and numerous other neighbors said that Mari Beth Zielinski and another unidentified woman tried to wake up their neighbors when she saw smoke and flames. “I was concerned,” said Zielinski. “My next-door neighbors have children and I wanted to take care of them.”
A total of 17 people and 16 apartment units were affected by the fire. According to the Plano Fire Department, the man living in the apartment where the fire originated was rushed to Plano Presbyterian Hospital for smoke inhalation. His name and condition are not know at this time.
Fire department officials escorted residents into the burned and damaged units of the complex. Some will be living in other units on the property. The apartment’s management and the American Red Cross have been helping displaced residents with housing, groceries, clothing and other basic essentials.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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