DALLAS -- A stubborn four-alarm fire at a boarding house in the 4900 block of Gaston Avenue in Old East Dallas was contained after nearly two hours Sunday evening.

In all, 72 firefighters responded to the blaze.

The first alarm at the two-story brick residence in the historic Munger Place subdivision went out at 5:40 p.m.; the response was increased to four alarms within the hour. The fire was tapped out by 7:24 p.m. according to Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans.

'The closer we got, the flames got higher and higher,' said Teresa Govea, a leasing agent for an apartment building next door.

Evans said one resident of the building was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. His condition was not available.

'When our firefighters got here, there was lots of fire coming from the roof in the back of the home,' Evans said. 'The wind was pushing the fire back to the front, so that posed a bit of a challenge to firefighters.'

The flames grew after firefighters arrived, so initial attempts to save the structure were abandoned to reduce risks for emergency personnel, and to keep the fire from spreading to adjacent properties.

Evans said at least eight people were staying at the boarding house, but that everyone was accounted for. The American Red Cross was asked to help those residents.

The burning building dates back to the early 20th century, and has about 4,000 square feet of living space, according to property tax records. The damage to the structure was estimated to be $249,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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