A 5-alarm fire at a Dallas senior living facility left two firefighters hospitalized while trying to contain the blaze that triggered an evacuation of the building’s elderly residents.
Over 100 firefighters were dispatched to battle the fire that broke out Thursday in the east part of the city and caused residents to take refuge on the smoke-filled sidewalk, according to local media. While authorities have not released details of the fire, the injuries of the two firefighters are non-life-threatening and no other people have been reported as injured.
Dallas Fire-Rescue crews responded to the call at Lakeland Hills Senior Living Facility after 6:30 p.m. local time, reports ABC affiliate WFAA. Firefighters arrived to see smoke coming out of the second story of the three-story building. Crews upgraded it to a 2-alarm fire, then a 4-alarm fire and a 5-alarm by 8:20 p.m.
Video captured by the station shows crews helping elderly residents through the heavy smoke to wheelchairs or walkers. In the background is a wall of flickering lights from the many emergency vehicles on scene.
Residents displaced by the fire have been taken to a Red Cross shelter or are with family members, the facilities property manager told the station.
Roughly 120 firefighters were still at work trying to extinguish the blaze two hours after it was first reported, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told The Dallas Morning News.
The building has been evacuated and no residents haven’t reported injuries, Evans told the paper. The cause of the fire has not been determined, he said.
Both of the injured firefighters are expected to be okay, reports NBC affiliate KXAS-TV. The American Red Cross has set up a temporary evacuation center and is working with the facility’s management to help residents find places to stay, according to the station.
At least 10 ambulances were dispatched to the scene and the city’s Office of Emergency Management is looking for permanent placement for residents, according to KXAS-TV.
Lakeland Hills Senior Living Facility describes itself on its website as an “affordable and elegant” senior living for those 55 and older.
It is currently not clear if the fire has been extinguished or how many residents were displaced.
Earlier this month, Dallas and Fort Worth were pummeled by heavy rain and hail during thunderstorms that cut power to nearly 20,000 homes. During the storm, Dallas County and other areas were put under tornado advisories. Last month, a helicopter spiraled to the ground in the Dallas area killing its pilot and passenger.
Newsweek has reached out to Dallas Fire-Rescue and Lakeland Hills Senior Living Facility for comment.
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