Five injured in Fort Worth apartment blaze

07/16/2014 7:57 AM

07/16/2014 2:35 PM

Five residents of an east Fort Worth apartment complex were injured Wednesday morning in a fire that destroyed one building and damaged two, fire officials said.

Two people were injured when they jumped from a second story to escape the flames, Battalion Chief Richard Harrison said. Two others suffered smoke inhalation, and all four were taken to hospitals with injuries that are not life-threatening.

A fifth resident of the La Jolla Terrace Apartments, 1309 Alexis Ave. walked up to paramedics shortly after 7 a.m. with minor burns and was treated at the scene, MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said.

Several other residents jumped from the second-story, and others helped neighbors on the first floor, Harrison said.

Firefighters went to the blaze shortly before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“One of the buildings was fully involved when firefighters arrived,” Harrison said. “The roof caved in on that building and flames jumped to two other buildings.”

Heavy damage was reported in those two buildings. Fire officials estimated that 24 apartments sustained fire, water or smoke damage.

Firefighters extinguished the flames within an hour, and an investigation is underway to determine a cause.

Total damage estimates were not available, fire officials said.

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