29 September (WNN) — Emergency officials said eight people, including four firefighters, were injured in Wednesday’s blaze at a Dallas apartment building.
Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told The Dallas Morning News that three of the injured firefighters were hospitalized in critical condition. Fourth firefighter and four civilians were treated and their condition is stable.
Evans told KXAS-TV in Dallas that the fire department received reports of residents complaining of the smell of natural gas in the apartment building. Firefighters responded to the building at 10:21 a.m. and were investigating the building when it exploded.
Part of the building collapsed and adjacent apartment buildings were damaged.
“Four firefighters were present at the time of the explosion, all four were injured and taken to hospital,” Evans said.
He said he was hesitant to blame the blast on the gas leak until the authorities conducted a thorough investigation.
The Morning News said residents reported smelling gas for up to 12 hours before the explosion.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson visited the injured at Parkland Hospital.
“Please pray for our firefighters and injured civilians.” he tweeted.