FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Two firefighters and two residents were was taken to the hospital by an ambulance Thursday while witnesses watched a two-alarm blaze consume an apartment complex in the 300 block of Shady Lane Drive in Fort Worth.
Responders were called to the La Plaza Apartments at about 7:30 p.m. and found residents along the sidewalk watching the flames, which witnesses said were jumping from unit to unit.
Two firefighters were taken away along with two residents. Their conditions were not immediately available. Officials said that one victim fell while walking, and the other suffered from smoke inhalation. MedStar officials said that one firefighter suffered an ankle injury while the other hurt their foot. None of the injuries are life threatening. Both of the firefighters were released from the hospital later on Thursday night.
Residents said that this is the third time in a year that they have had a fire break out at the apartments. Officials did not comment about any other incidents.
“I woke up and went into my living room and I was like, ‘Dang, I smell smoke.’ And I got up to see where the smoke was coming from and I heard my neighbor calling my name to get out of my apartment, and I grabbed my purse and my laptop and ran out,” said D.J., a resident who refused to give her last name.
The fire damaged 16 apartment units, at least 11 of which were occupied. The roof of the two-story building was burned off and, according to Tim Hardeman with the Fort Worth Fire Department, the building no longer appears to be stable. Investigators have not been able to determine what caused the blaze. The damages have been value at an estimated $700,000.
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