A structural fire at an apartment building in Dallas has caused dozens of residents to lose their homes. According to eye witnesses, the fire allegedly began around 3 a.m. on the outside of the Spanish Garden Apartments at 2838 Royal Lane in Dallas.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, they were able to keep the flames contained to one building. However, they had trouble knocking down the fire after it spread to an area of flat line roof that had another sloped roof constructed on top of it when the buildings were remodeled.
Once the fire was extinguished, firefighters were able to enter the apartments to gather essential items for some displaced residents. They were, however, nervous about the ceilings collapsing because some areas had quite a bit of water sitting on top of the roof. All in all, 29 people (19 adults and 10 children) had to leave their apartments because of the extensive damage. The Red Cross has stepped in and is helping the residents that are currently displaced. Authorities said that all residents were able to evacuate safely and no one was reported missing. Some of the residents said that their smoke alarms never went off, so investigators are looking into what may have happened.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but they are considering whether an electrical program may be to blame. Fire crews said that power lines run from a transformer on the backside of the building and into the complex, so something may have accidentally happened.