A vacant apartment complex in southeast Dallas will be demolished following a fire early Friday that inflicted heavy damage, officials said.
The three-alarm fire was reported 3:30 a.m. in the 2600 block of Grand Avenue, a few blocks southwest of Fair Park where the State Fair of Texas begins today.
Fifty-six firefighters had the blaze tapped out in about two hours, said Lt. Joel Lavender, spokesman for Dallas Fire-Rescue.
"There was a lot of fire in the back," he said. "We've asked street services to demolish it because it is unsafe."
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Investigators did not know the cause of the fire Friday morning, Lavender said.
"Neighbors said a transient population frequents those apartments," he said. "At this time fire investigators have not determined the cause, but that at least gives us a jumping off point."