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DALLAS Fire ripped through the Sylvan | Thirty project in West Dallas just before 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon.

Massive flames could be seen rising from the unfinished building at 1808 Sylvan Avenue, which is part of a project planned to have restaurants, retail stores and more than 200 residential units at the northeast corner of Interstate 30 and Sylvan.

One person who was inside the structure was able to get out.

The flames were so threatening that firefighters quickly settled on a defensive attack to reduce the danger.

A second alarm was called because of high winds and power lines near the building.

According to preliminary information, the fire may have been touched off by a construction worker doing soldering and welding on the site.

Construction on the $50 million project kicked off a year ago.

'What you're seeing today is people in Dallas saying, 'I want to invest my money here,' and that is a big statement for this city,' Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said during groundbreaking ceremonies on March 20, 2013.

There appeared to be no damage to residential units under construction that are part of the Sylvan | Thirty project but not connected to the burning building.

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