IRVING -- Fire officials worked for hours Friday morning to put out a massive apartment fire in Irving that has left dozens of people in the cold.
The fire broke out Friday at about 9:30 a.m. at the WaterRidge Apartments on Pioneer Parkway, near the State Highway 161 and U.S. Highway 183 interchange.
No injuries or fatalities have been reported.
Officials believe 18 to 22 apartment units were destroyed, leaving 35 to 40 people without a home.
Irving fire officials say they can't recall a time when a fire displaced this many people within city limits.
"I was praying that it wasn't my apartment," said Diego Garcia, who rushed home from work when he heard about the fire. "To come here and see it destroyed, it's shocking.
Garcia lost everything but the clothes on his back, but what hurts the most is knowing there are some things he can't replace, like pictures and his little girl's soccer trophies.
"I have medals and just a lot of memories with the girls," he said. "It's very tough when it actually happens."
The apartment complex is setting up some of residents in 12 vacant units in the complex, and the Red Cross was at the scene to help the victims.
"Red Cross volunteers are providing emotional support, snacks, water and comfort kits plus providing assistance to those impacted," Red Cross said. "This will be a challenging process for those residents but the Red Cross and other partner agencies are here for them as they get back on their feet."