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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Several residents at the Congress House Apartments, in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas, have been displaced after a fire started early Wednesday morning. Emergency crews were called to the scene, near the intersection of Congress Avenue and Wycliff Avenue, shortly before 4:45 a.m. and arrived to find flames shooting from a second-floor window.

Nearby roads were blocked off to allow firefighters to battle the three-alarm blaze. Temperatures in Dallas on Wednesday morning were already in the low 80s. Workers set up a cooling station to allow crews to take breaks and stay hydrated while fighting a fire in such extreme heat conditions.

“Never did I imagine it was a fire. I didn’t smell anything,” said resident Jackie Estrada. “Next thing I know, I walk out, I see all this smoke, people running around, and I was just really scared since we’re all like a family here.”

The fire started on the second floor of the apartment building, but the exact cause has not yet been determined. A total of 10 units were destroyed in this incident. There have been no reports of injuries. The American Red Cross is assisting those residents who have been displaced.

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