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Welding Torch Blamed In Dallas 3-Alarm Apartment Fire

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Firefighters return a cat to its owner during the 3-alarm fire at the Winsted at White Rock Lake apartments on April 11. (credit: CBS 11News)

Firefighters return a cat to its owner during the 3-alarm fire at the Winsted at White Rock Lake apartments on April 11. (credit: CBS 11News)

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Dallas Fire-Rescue officials say the “careless use of a welding torch” by maintenance workers is to blame for a three-alarm fire that burned around 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Winsted at White Rock Lake apartments.

No injuries were reported in the fire, but a total of 30 units were burned, leaving 40 residents displaced.

The units are mostly uninhabitable because of the water used to douse the flames, not any burn damage.

The fire damage was concentrated in the attic space of the four-story apartments, CBS 11 is told.

The fire was a result of workers doing “hot work” on ‘an air conditioning conditioner mount on the roof,’ a press release reads.

The American red Cross was alerted of the incident, but apartment managers were able to find temporary homes at sister properties.

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