Four-alarm fire displaces 39 residents in Dallas

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on June 17, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 7:36 PM

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DALLAS -- A four-alarm fire that broke out early Monday morning at a Dallas apartment complex destroyed 20 units and displaced 39 residents, according to a statement released by Dallas Fire-Rescue.

Monday afternoon, crews demolished the heavily-damaged apartment building.

Authorities were first alerted to the blaze at the Hunter's Court Apartments, located in the 8500 block of Spring Valley Rd., at about 4:55 a.m. Firefighters arrived to the scene to find the fire quickly spreading after it made its way into the attic area of the building, said Jason Evans, a spokesman with Dallas Fire-Rescue.

"Everybody was scrambling around frantically," resident Jennifer Ehnot told News 8. The mother four children woke up to the sound of smoke alarms in neighboring units.
"I had no pants, no shoes -- nothing," she said of her escape. "I grabbed my kids, got them out of the house."

About 72 firefighters worked together to get the blaze under control.

One female resident was transported to an area hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. A firefighter was also treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Trina Butler's boyfriend lost his home in the fire.

"Devastating. It's hard when you have all of your stuff in there and there's all of those important papers, everything," she said. "What if you have no where to go?"

The Red Cross was working with 20 families to help them find a place to stay, get clothing, and food.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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