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Fort Worth firefighters battle 2-alarm blaze at Ridgmar apartments

Ridgmar apartment residents displaced by fire

Fort Worth firefighters battle a two-alarm blaze at the Park Plaza apartments late Thursday afternoon, Nov. 12, 2015, Twenty people were displaced by the blaze. Video is by Samantha Dominguez, special to the Star-Telegram.
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Fort Worth firefighters battle a two-alarm blaze at the Park Plaza apartments late Thursday afternoon, Nov. 12, 2015, Twenty people were displaced by the blaze. Video is by Samantha Dominguez, special to the Star-Telegram.

Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at the Park Plaza Apartments in Ridgmar Thursday night that burned through a roof of one building, said Lt. Kyle Falkner, a Fort Worth fire department spokesman.

The fire was reported at 5:39 p.m. in the 6400 block of Dakar Road near Ridgmar Boulevard in a building in the northwest corner of the complex, Falkner said.

It was almost like something you would see off the movie Backdraft.

Colin Lovato

Eight of the complex’s 16 units were damaged, while the other eight units were without power and utilities for the night, Falkner said.

Everyone in the building was displaced.

A passerby, Colin Lovato of Fort Worth, said he was headed to downtown Fort Worth with his girlfriend, Ashley Bruce, on Interstate 30 when he saw the fire and stopped.

“I thought it was a big store since the flames were very big,” Lovato said. “When I got a closer look, I could see the full extent of the damage.

“It was almost like something you would see off the movie Backdraft.”

A worker at A Great Notion Pub nearby said residents started to fill their parking lot shortly after the fire started.

Firefighters could be seen crawling under a fence to get access to the building.

The fire was almost out shortly after 6:30 p.m., Lovato said.

MedStar was on standby but didn’t treat anyone for injuries, MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said.

Twenty residents were displaced from their apartments, and another 22 were expected to be without power overnight.

Monica S. Nagy: 817-390-7792, @MonicaNagyFWST

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