Reporting Stephanie Lucero
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Firefighters responded to a five-alarm blaze at an apartment complex in Dallas early Thursday morning. The flames first broke out around 7:00 a.m. and burned 24 units at the Courtney Place Apartments, located in the 3200 block of Chapel Creek Drive.
Despite the severity of the fire and smoke, there were no reports of injuries to either residents or firefighters. Many people were evacuated from the apartment complex and other nearby apartment buildings. Those onlookers then watched as fire crews worked to extinguish the flames with the use of ladder trucks. Hundreds of local residents stood around the scene, but there was little-to-no panic.
Lt. Joel Lavender with Dallas Fire-Rescue said that 105 firefighters and 25 pieces of firefighting equipment were called to the scene. While this may have been more than necessary, because of the amount of people living at the apartment complex and surrounding area, officials wanted to be sure that enough resources were on hand to keep everyone safe.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Heavy smoke prevented emergency crews from immediately entering the building.
Lavender said that the burned building would be completely uninhabitable. The damage total was estimated at about $600,000. The American Red Cross was also called out to the scene to assist those displaced residents.
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