ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Fire officials say a 3-alarm blaze at the South Campus Apartments in Arlington originated in the same unit where police were responding to domestic violence call.
The apartments are located just south of the University of Texas Arlington, in the 600 block of Causley Ave., and are occupied by mostly UTA students.
The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m., according to reports.
One person was injured in the blaze, and was taken to Parkland Hospital with burns to his or her feet.
An official says 13 units were involved in the fire — six of those units were completely destroyed. That’s out of 54 total units in the complex.
Hassan Khan is a 26-year-old studying for his master’s, and, unfortunately, his apartment was one of the six destroyed.
“Everything I own…I’m left with my bag, my laptop and my car,” he said.
Khan called it very bad timing with exams coming up, but was able to joke about being forced to spend more nights in a lab to study.
Arlington police were already on scene when the fire started for a domestic disturbance call, and officials say the fire originated in that same apartment.
A woman named Stephanie Cathcart was later arrested for domestic assault. It’s not yet clear if she or anyone else faces arson charges.
When the fire broke out, police called for backup and evacuated residents.
“I heard the screaming from outside ‘GET OUT! GET OUT!’ and when we just opened the door…it was all smokey outside,” resident Sahid Ali recalled.
It quickly grew to a 3-alarm blaze. Fort Worth firefighters are reportedly responding as mutual aide to the Arlington Fire Department.
It took 2 hours to get the burn under control.
An official tells CBS 11 News that firefighters had to be frequently rotated because of the heat.
The American Red Cross tweeted that it is on its way to the fire to assist with displaced residents.
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