Firefighters took a defensive position to fight a three-alarm fire in the 6900 block of North Loop 820 at an apartment complex on Tuesday.
Upgraded to 3 alarm - Mutual aid from Richland Hills, Haltom City, Bedford, Keller & Colleyville pic.twitter.com/uTJmzuCOke— NRH Fire (@NRHfire) February 14, 2018
The fire call came in about 6 p.m. from the Grayson Ridge Apartment complex, said Carissa Katekaru, North Richland Hills Fire Department spokeswoman. The fire was under control about 8:45 p.m.
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All crews have evacuated the building for safety. Taking a defensive approach now. pic.twitter.com/BazKfj2Yrh— NRH Fire (@NRHfire) February 14, 2018
Firefighters were ordered to evacuate the engulfed apartment buildings for safety reasons.
The fire was upgraded to three alarms about two hours after the initial call was received. Firefighters from Richland Hills, Haltom City, Bedford, Keller and Colleyville assisted in fighting the fire.
A firefighter fell through the floor from the third floor to the second floor and was evaluated at a local hospital. No injuries were reported.
Officials with the American Red Cross were on the scene assisting firefighters and residents and trying to determine what type of help residents might need, said Jenny Hansen, Red Cross spokeswoman.
A resident assistance center was being set up in the apartment complex offices late Tuesday, Hansen said.
The fire damaged 18 apartment units and 40 residents were left homeless, according to authorities.