Apartment fire in Duncanville destroys 16 units, displaces nearly 40 – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth

DUNCANVILLE, TX (CBSDFW.COM) – Nearly 40 people were left homeless after an apartment fire in Duncanville destroyed 16 units on February 20.

The Duncanville Fire Department said the fire started around 2 p.m. on the 800 block of Link Drive. It escalated into a second alarm fire and the response involved units from Duncanville, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Grand Prairie and Ovilla.

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(credit: American Red Cross – DFW/North Texas Region)

Although 16 units of the building were completely destroyed or severely damaged by smoke and/or water, the fire was contained to a single structure and no injuries or fatalities were reported.

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The Red Cross responded to the scene and is offering immediate support to those affected by the fire.

(credit: American Red Cross – DFW/North Texas Region)

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In anticipation of the cold weather ahead this week, the Red Cross has offered the following tips for avoiding fires:

  • All radiators need space. Keep children, pets and objects that can burn (paper, matches, bedding, furniture, clothing, rugs and carpets) at least three feet from heating equipment.
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a flat, hard, nonflammable surface (such as ceramic tile flooring), not on rugs, carpeting, or near bedding or curtains. Plug power cords directly into outlets, never into an extension cord.
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended and use a glass or metal spark screen to keep the fire and embers inside the fireplace.
  • Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Turn off space heaters whenever you leave the room or go to sleep.

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