Night apartment fire displaces 40 in Fort Worth – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A large fire ravaged an apartment building Monday morning in West Fort Worth, forcing at least 40 people from their homes, according to firefighters.

Firefighters were first called at around 2:45 a.m. at The Cassidy at Western Hills apartment community in the 8700 block of North Normandale Street.

Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Kyle Clay said the first crews to arrive at the scene saw flames erupting from the roof of the two-story building. It took the efforts of nearly 100 firefighters to bring the blaze under control.

Monica Small lives in an apartment on the first floor of the building that burned down. She said she woke up when a neighbor knocked on her door, telling her the building was on fire.

Small described the feeling of shipwreck she faced after escaping to safety.

“Just standing here watching it burn is like knowing you’re losing everything in front of your face. It’s hurtful,” Small said.

The fire was contained in a building in the community and damaged at least 16 units, with at least 40 tenants displaced, Clay said. The American Red Cross helped people forced to leave their homes.

There were no reports of injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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