A Dallas Firefighter Was Killed Battling Massive Northeast Dallas Condo Blaze [Updated]
The Hearthwood Condominiums is a total loss at this point. The Northeast Dallas complex has been consumed in a massive, six-alarm fire that broke out there early this morning, bringing dozens of firetrucks to the intersection of Abrams and -- in a case of unfortunate irony -- Emberglow Lane.
Residents of the complex were reportedly all evacuated and are safe. The same can't be said of the men and women who came to fight the flames. One of those remains trapped, various media outlets are reporting. NBC 5's Kendra Lyn tweets that it's been more than an hour since the firefighter radioed "I'm trapped" before losing contact with his colleagues.
It's been more than an hour, Dallas firefighters still searching for trapped firefighter inside burning condo building @nbcdfw
— Kendra Lyn NBC5 (@KendraLynNBC5) May 20, 2013
NBC 5 has live video Updates as they come.
Update at 6:26 a.m.Dallas Fire-Rescue provides a few more details via email.
The fire was reported just before 3 a.m. Fire crews arrived within minutes to find a large amount of smoke coming from the roof of the three-story building.
"An offensive fire attack was initially attempted, but the fire was growing too quickly and caused them to have to move out for a defensive attack," the email says.
Firefighters rescued at least five residents, one of whom was treated for minor smoke inhalation. They are attacking the fire from the breezeways in hopes of keeping it contained it to main building.
DFR says the situation "is still very fluid and things could easily change."
9:10 a.m.: WFAA's Rebecca Lopez is reporting that the firefighter has been located and carried out on a gurney. His fellow firefighters saluted as he was brought out. We don't yet have any word on his condition. The DMN's Christina Rosales says the scene is "very somber," with dozens of firefighters walking towards an ambulance "with what seems to be a body."
11:40 a.m.: The firefighter has been identified as Stanley Wilson, a 28-year veteran of the department who reportedly leaves behind a wife and two kids. His colleagues saluted his flag-draped stretcher as his body was carried away.
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