Search continues for missing firefighter in Dallas condo blaze

Search continues for missing firefighter in Dallas condo blaze

Search continues for missing firefighter in Dallas condo blaze

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by WFAA.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 6:22 AM

DALLAS — A massive fire raced through a Northeast Dallas condominium building early Monday morning, destroying at least 24 condos in the 12300 block of Abrams Road, just north of LBJ Freeway.

The fire burned so intensely that firefighters had to call for six alarms, bringing additional manpower to the scene. A portion of the three-story building collapsed.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans confirmed that one firefighter went missing around 5:30 a.m. after being heard on the radio saying, "I'm trapped."

One Dallas firefighter was taken to a hospital with a leg injury and a resident was treated for smoke inhalation.

It appeared that no tenants were missing or injured in the fire that was first reported at 3 a.m. The American Red Cross was at the scene to assist residents with emergency needs.

Firefighters were paying close attention to embers from the blaze that could threaten other nearby homes and apartments.

"They're fighting the wind today, and it's making it worse for them to try and get it out," said a neighborhood woman who identified herself as Selina. "The flames are just incredible, and my heart goes out to everyone involved."

Streets surrounding the fire scene were closed to traffic to clear the way for emergency vehicles.

According to tax records, the 394,000 square foot condominium building was built in 1980.

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