Fire displaces 60 at North Dallas apartment complex




Posted on November 26, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 26 at 8:31 PM

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DALLAS — A four-alarm fire destroyed six apartment units at a Far North Dallas apartment complex Friday morning.

The fire started about 10:30 a.m. at the Sequoia at Frankford Springs Apartments in the 3700 block of Frankford Road. About 60 people were displaced in the blaze, which destroyed or damaged 14 units in the three-story building.

"The top floor was completely destroyed," said Anita Foster of the Red Cross. "The floor was gone, the roof was gone, the walls were gone."

The fire started in a chimney, said officials. It took firefighters one hour to get the blaze under control.

"I was scared. I took my kids out, and then my wife," said Ciprano Robles.

"I lost everything," said Justin Perry, whose 4-year-old daughter woke him up, to say someone was banging on their door.

"I am just still trying to take it all in," he added.

No residents were hurt, though a firefighter suffered a head injury and was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital. He is in stable condition and has been released from hospital.

Red Cross officials were at the scene to help residents find shelter, with low temperatures expected to remain in the 30s.

Taylor Adams from The Dallas Morning News contributed to this report.