Three-alarm fire at vacant Dallas motel

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 10:26 PM

Vacant motel fire

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DALLAS -- Firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze at a vacant motel in Southeast Dallas Wednesday night.

The fire broke out just before 8 o'clock at the former Sundial Motel in the 2600 block of South Buckner Boulevard. It quickly engulfed the one-story structure that was built in 1985, according to tax records.

Witnesses said people were living in the building, but investigators said no injuries to civilians were reported.

One firefighter who suffered a minor leg injury was taken to a hospital for treatment, but was expected to be fine.

The large number of responding fire trucks shut down the busy intersection.

Fire department officials said water was sprayed on a neighboring apartment complex as a precautionary measure, but that it may sustain some "exposure damage."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Firefighters were still at the scene more than two hours after it was reported as they kept an eye on remaining hot spots.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said the structure appears to be a total loss.

The city revoked Sundial's Certificate of Occupancy in April, 2011 after reports of drug and prostitution problems at the motel.

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