Dozens displaced after fire at North Dallas apartment complex

Nearly 60 firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at a far North Dallas apartment building Friday afternoon.

The Carrollton Park Apartments on Kelly Boulevard sustained heavy damage after its roof collapsed.

“I probably lost everything,” said resident Antoinette Johnson. “But as long as my mom and my daughter are fine, I'm okay.”

Several residents at the apartments were left in shock as they came home to a large gaping hole in place of what they used to call home.

“It sustained a ton of damage,” said resident Laura Barton. “My dog was in a kennel and I still have not seen my dog.”

Dallas Fire Rescue confirms one woman had minor injuries and some pets were killed in the fire. Firefighters battled the flames for hours in the rain before it was completely out.

“When we first saw the lightning, the clap of thunder and all, we had to pull our firefighters from our ladder pipes,” explained Dallas Fire Deputy Chief Jerry Knoerr.

Investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire. They say some workers were inside an apartment when they saw smoke and called 911.

Though some residents have lost everything, they've still found something to be grateful for.

“Things happen, but as long as the lives are there, that's fine,” said Johnson. “You can replace other things, but you never can replace a life.”

Crews have already started work knocking down this side of the building. Residents say they're reaching out to Salvation Army for help on getting a place to stay for the night.

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