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DALLAS -- Dozens of Dallas firefighters battled a three-alarm fire in West Dallas atthe Rosales Mattress Factoryearly Wednesday.

The fire started around 1 a.m. in the 1600 block of Fort Worth Avenue, near NavaroStreet.

The flames gutted the building, shot through the roof and caused it to collapse before firefighters could put it out.

A man, his wife and their son lived in a second floor apartment that is attached to the building.

The fire destroyed thier family-owned business and almost claimed the lives of its owners. Fire officials said the family was awakened by the smell of smoke and called 911. The family thought only the mattress factory was on fire. They did not realize the fire was under their apartment.

The intensity of the flames made it difficult for firefighters to enter the apartment. They had to use a ladder to get to the second floor and rescue the family. After hours of battling the flames, they were able to put it out.

One firefighter was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.

Firefighters believe the fire started in a field outside of the apartment building. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The small business owners had no insurance, and the loss is estimated at about $135,000. The American Red Cross was called out to the fire, but the familystated they do not need the assistance.

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