What You Should Know
- Firefighters were checking for gas emissions when the explosion occurred. Residents said the exit was observed Tuesday night.
- Firefighters and three residents live in the hospital; two firefighters are said to be in critical condition.
- The two-story building collapsed slightly; nearby houses were damaged.
Firefighters and three residents were injured Wednesday morning in a gas explosion in a southern Southeast Dallas building. Two of the firefighters are said to be in critical condition.
Jason Evans and Dallas Fire-Rescue told NBC 5 that firefighters were called to the Highland Hills apartments at 10:21 a.m. to get off the gas. Firefighters arrived and confirmed the smell of natural gas on the building near the entrance.
While firefighters were conducting their investigation, an explosion occurred leading to a slight drop in one building and sending debris flying 20-30 yards away.
There were firefighters, and three civilians, injured in the blast. All seven were taken to a local hospital for post-traumatic stress disorder.
The blast caused the two-story building to collapse slightly on the side and the roof part facing the center of the building could have collapsed or cut by firefighters. The windows on nearby buildings were smashed and bricks from facade knocked down from the walls.
The area is located at 5700 block of Highland Hills Drive near the intersection of Simpson Stuart and Bonnie View and not far from Paul Quinn College.
While the explosion appeared to have damaged two other buildings, firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it caught fire or spread to nearby buildings.
Dallas Fire-Rescue has brought their City Search and Rescue Team to a garbage dump. No other injuries were confirmed.
It is not yet clear how many homes are affected by the blast. It is not yet clear if there is any active gas falling into the area. Oncor crews were spotted in a difficult area late Wednesday morning.
There is no information on the cause of the explosion. Dallas Fire-Rescue said the blast will be a joint investigation involving DFR and many local, state, and government agencies, to determine exactly what happened.
Traffic along Highland Hills Drive is closed.
Many people were seen standing near the apartment houses watching the scene unfold.
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