Dallas apartment fire forces residents out into the bitter cold

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An apartment fire in northeast Dallas sent people outside in the dangerous cold with temperatures below freezing early Monday morning.

The fire at the two-story complex on Holly Hill Drive, near Greenville Avenue and Walnut Hill Lane, started around 5:30 a.m.

People wrapped in blankets watched as flames ripped through their apartments. With the wind chill, it felt like 8 degrees outside at the time.

Police and firefighters went door to door evacuating people in the adjacent buildings. Many ran out with blankets and bundles of clothes.

The fire became so intense that the firefighters had to back off and use a ladder truck to start knocking down the flames. They went into defense mode to stop the fire from spreading to other buildings nearby.

There was also so much smoke that the Dallas Police Department’s helicopter had to help find hot spots with a thermal imaging camera.

And all the water runoff made the parking lot and nearby roads icy. It was difficult for the firefighters to walk around.

Fortunately, officials said there were no reports of injuries.

Around 12 units were affected and firefighters believe most will be a total loss. The American Red Cross was called in to help the displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.