Residents were forced into the bitter cold early Saturday after a two-alarm fire damaged several units at a town home complex in Arlington.
Firefighters responded to a one-alarm fire at Park City Townhomes at the 2900 block of Matlock Road just before 1 a.m. and shortly after arrival upgraded the call to a two-alarm fire.
Firefighters brought the blaze under control just after 2 a.m., fire officials said.
The 911 call reported that the fire came from the home’s living room.
One man was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas with burns.
Several families were displaced and left in the frigid cold, which reached as low as 14 degrees in Arlington overnight, according to the National Weather Service.
Djessy Mampaka, a resident at the scene, said his sister woke him after hearing a man outside screaming. He said he went outside to find a man with burn injuries, and flames were coming from the back of the man’s town home and heavy smoke from the front.
“Things like this you can’t really prepare for and when they happen, you’re not ready for it,” Mampaka said.
The American Red Cross and property management were at the scene to help the families displaced by the fire.
The structural damage was initially estimated at around $125,000, fire officials said.
No other injuries were reported.
The Arlington Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.