The partial collapse of an apartment building in South Dallas left eight people Wednesday morning.
Details of the Dallas Gas Explosion and Building Collapse
According to NBC News, Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to reports of a natural gas odor at 5726 Highland Hills Road around 10:20 AM. As firefighters investigated, an explosion occurred causing part of the two-story apartment building to collapse.
In total, four firefighters and four civilians were injured in the explosion and resulting collapse.
Three firefighters were hospitalized in critical but stable condition, and one firefighter was treated and discharged. The four civilians were listed in stable condition.
The two-story building, which contained 10 apartment units, was torn down following the partial collapse for safety reasons. 300 residents of the larger apartment complex were evacuated while gas was turned off and safety teams inspect the scene.
Officials Investigate Source of the Explosion
Officials are still trying to determine the source of the explosion and the gas odor. Residents will be allowed back on the complex once it is deemed safe.
The investigation is a joint effort between local, state, and federal agencies.
Investigators believe two other buildings were damaged in the explosion, but firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it consumed adjacent structures.
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