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Apartment Fire In Duncanville Destroys 16 Units, Displaces Nearly 40

DUNCANVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - Nearly 40 people were left without homes after an apartment fire in Duncanville destroyed 16 units on Feb. 20.

The Duncanville Fire Department said that the fire started around 2 p.m. on the 800 block of Link Drive. It grew into a 2nd 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 either completely destroyed or left with serious smoke and/or water damage, the fire was contained to a single structure and no injuries or deaths were reported.

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

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

In anticipation of the cold weather on the way this week, the Red Cross offered the following tips to help avoid fires:

  • All heaters need space. Keep children, pets and things that can burn (paper, matches, bedding, furniture, clothing, carpets, and rugs) at least three feet away from heating equipment.
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs, carpets or near bedding or drapes. 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 fire screen to keep fire and embers in the fireplace.
  • Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
  • Turn off portable space heaters every time you leave the room or go to sleep.

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