4 firefighters, several residents injured after gas explosion at Dallas apartment building


DALLAS (KETK/KXAS) – Four firefighters and four residents were injured in a natural gas explosion at an apartment building in Southeast Dallas.

Firefighters were called to the Highland Hills apartment complex on the 5700 block of Highland Hills Drive for a gas leak, NBC DFW said. Firefighters arrived at the scene and while they were conducting their investigation there was an explosion that led to the partial collapse of one building.

Jason Evans with Dallas Fire Rescue told NBC5 that there were four firefighters within proximity of the explosion when it happened, and all were injured and taken to the hospital. Three are in critical condition and one was discharged after being treated for a minor injury.

Part of the two-story buildings collapsed and windows appear to be blown out of an adjacent building.

Though the explosion damaged at least two other buildings, firefighters put the fire out before it consumed the building or spread to others.

No injuries have been confirmed, though multiple ambulances have been called to the scene,. Dallas-Fire-Rescue brought their Urban Search and Rescue Team to the area to search through debris.

It is not yet clear how many residences were affected by the explosion or if there is an active gas leak in the area.

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