While Dallas firefighters were mopping up after a five-alarm fire destroyed an entire block of townhomes in Lake Highlands on Wednesday night, a second five-alarm blaze broke out just two hours later at an apartment complex less than three miles away.

The fire in at a three-story building at 6852 Shady Brook Lane snarled traffic as Dallas police shut down the intersection of Shadybrook and Melody Lane to protect fire hoses strung across the street.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said the fire started in a first-floor bathroom and spread vertically in the wall up to the roof and then fanned out horizontally in crawl spaces between floors.

The cause remains under investigation, but Evans said foul play is not suspected.

Additional firefighers were called in an attempt to keep the flames from spreading in the building which housed 24 apartments.

Evans said an unknown number of residents were displaced, and while there are enough vacant units in other buildings in the development to accomodate fire victims, the American Red Cross was providing food, clothing and other necessities.

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