Investigators believe the fire started in a second-floor unit, but they are still working to determine exactly how, according to Dallas Fire-Rescue.
DALLAS— Editor’s note: The property was previously called Lakeland Hills Senior Living Facility and is now called Serenity Apartments. The name has been updated in this article.
Two Dallas firefighters were taken to hospital and 65 residents were moved, as crews battled a 5-alarm fire at a seniors’ residence Thursday night, officials said.
Just after 6:30 p.m., Dallas Fire-Rescue (DFR) crews responded to the call for an “automatic fire alarm” at the Serenity Apartments in the 3300 block of Dilido Road on the northeast side of town.
When crews arrived, firefighters saw smoke coming from the second floor of the three-story building, then immediately upgraded the response to a working second alarm fire. Shortly after, the blaze was escalated to a 4th alarm fire again, meaning around 100 firefighters were dispatched to the scene. At 8:20 p.m., the fire escalated to a 5th alarm, during which approximately 120 firefighters were dispatched to the scene.
DFR said the two firefighters who were taken to a local hospital suffered non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to be fine.
No resident was injured. The property manager told the WFAA that residents were evacuated and taken to a Red Cross shelter, or were leaving with family members. On Friday morning, DFR said all 65 residents of the seniors’ residence had been evacuated and accommodated. DFR said four dozen residents were taken by DART bus to the Samuel Grand Recreation Center.
DFR added that property management, in conjunction with the Dallas Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross, is working to determine living arrangements going forward. Kroger was on site with a team of pharmacists who made sure all residents’ prescription needs were met, according to DFR.
Investigators believe the fire started in a second-floor unit, but they are still working to determine exactly how, according to DFR.