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One dead after Haltom apartment fire

HALTOM CITY -- One man died early Saturday when a blaze damaged several units at an apartment complex, displacing 40 residents.

Fire officials have not ruled out arson and called in the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to help with the investigation, said Fred Napp, Haltom City deputy fire chief.

The fire destroyed 12 units of the Spring Lake Apartments in the 5300 block of Spring Lake Parkway, Napp said.

Several residents were rescued with ladders, but firefighters were unable to get to the man, who was in a third-floor apartment.

No firefighters were injured. One resident suffered minor injuries while trying to escape, Napp said.

As firefighters sprayed water outside, a wall collapsed, Napp said. Firefighters found the man's body while they were digging through the rubble.

The Fire Department received the emergency call about 4:30 a.m., then quickly moved to call for assistance, Napp said.

"We know from witness statements that it started on the second floor," Napp said. "We are still trying to determine the cause."

Firefighters with North Richland Hills, Fort Worth, Richland Hills, Bedford, Hurst and Watauga helped put out the fire, Napp said.

Officials with the Red Cross and the apartment complex were working to find residents a place to stay Saturday evening, Napp said.

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