Dallas Family Hurt Escaping From House Fire

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A family in Dallas was awakened by flames early Tuesday morning, and some members were injured while trying to escape. The house fire happened just after 3:00 a.m. in the 900 block of Chevez Drive, located in the southwest part of the city.

Emergency crews arrived on the scene to find the blaze coming from a wood shed in the backyard, which was attached to the main home by a roof extension. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before the entire home was destroyed. The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical short.

Avalon Arreazola was one of family members who managed to escape. He climbed out through a window and got help from a neighbor before going back to bang on windows and save his family. His father was sleeping at the time. “He was asleep. At first, he was a little confused. I was confused. I was scared that something was going to happen to him. I was already out of the house. I heard him scream and yell a little bit,” Arreazola said. “But I seen him jump out of the flames, so I was like, he made it.”

That father has been identified as Ricardo Arreazola. He was transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with burns on his back. His son said that he is expected to be okay after walking through flames to get out of the house through a back door. Paramedics treated other injured family members at the scene.

Firefighters also treated a dog on a stretcher at the scene. The family’s pet bird did not survive.

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