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Crews Battle Stubborn Arlington Apartment Fire

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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) - Fire broke out — twice — early Friday morning at the Pond Apartments in Arlington, located in the 1200 block of East Lamar Boulevard behind Hurricane Harbor. Emergency crews first arrived at the scene at about 2:30 a.m. to find smoke and flames coming from an apartment unit on the second floor.

Crews immediately started evacuations, but only three of the 12 units in the apartment building were being rented out, and only one resident was at home when the fire started. The blaze was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries. Four apartment units were damaged by either water, fire or smoke.

Firefighters left the scene just before 5:00 a.m. thinking that the situation was under control. But a resident was moving his possessions out of a top floor apartment when he noticed more smoke and called crews back to the location for a second time. Authorities returned at about 5:30 a.m. to find a rekindled fire at the building. Extra water was dumped on the fire to keep it at bay.

The apartment building is now condemned and displaced residents have been offered other units in the complex.

The fire started in the building’s attic. The exact cause has not been determined, but investigators told one resident that a malfunctioning attic fan is suspected.

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