Apartments fire displaces 49 people in White Settlement

05/04/2014 10:02 PM

05/04/2014 10:03 PM

Forty nine people were displaced by a fire that damaged 12 units at an apartment complex near NAS Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth Sunday.

Fire Chief Brian Thompson said he did not have the exact time the blaze was reported at the complex at the intersection of Clifford and Ralph streets. He said it was during the dinner hour.

It was out by the time the chief addressed the media at about 9 p.m.

Thompson said he could not confirm comments from residents that the blaze was started by a child playing with fire, but investigators were trying to determine the cause.

He said the fire appeared to have started in an upstairs apartment of a two-story building. Flames quickly spread to the attic and damaged next-door apartments.

Four second-story units were damaged by fire, and the four units below had extensive smoke and water damage. Another four apartments adjacent to the eight-unit block also had smoke damage, Thompson said.

A total of 12 were unusable Sunday night, the chief said.

Red Cross officials indicated through social media that they were headed to the scene to help the 49 displaced residents.

No injuries were reported, although one firefighter was treated for dehydration while battling the fire in 90-degree heat, Thompson said.

He said about 35 firefighters fought the fire, including mutual-aid crews from Benbrook, Westworth Village, Lake Worth and Lockheed Martin.

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