DALLAS (CBSFW.COM) – Questions, fears and prayers after a mysterious explosion at a South Dallas condominium complicated significantly injured eight folks together with 4 Dallas firefighters, Wednesday, Sept. 29.
One constructing on the Highland Hills Residences partially collapsed and might be demolished.
There have been experiences of a pure fuel leak on the time however Wednesday evening, Atmos Power insisted its system was working correctly.
Sources instructed CBS 11 that two of the three firefighters are nonetheless hospitalized in intensive care with important second-degree burns.
They’re getting the very best care in Parkland Hospital’s Burn Unit whereas the investigation continues into what led to the explosion.
All 4 injured civilians have been launched from the hospital by Wednesday evening.
For the residents of the condominium complicated who weren’t injured, it’s additionally been a traumatic time.
Paul Randall grabbed his 2-month-old grand child and began operating when it occurred after 10:00 a.m.
“Once I got here exterior I assumed every unit was about to begin blowing up in order that’s why I began operating up the hill,” mentioned Randall.
His household is amongst 200 displaced from their items who’re relying on the Purple Cross for dinner and short-term housing.
“Wee don’t even know we’re gonna keep out tonight,” he mentioned. “We don’t even know the place we’re going to lay our head tonight.”
Resident Lekeisha Williams suffered cuts from the blast which she says occurred after Dallas firefighters responded to considerations a few pure fuel odor and tried to interrupt right into a unit.
“One of many first responders, she went on the market to the fireplace truck to get one thing out of there I assume to open the door to go in,” mentioned Williams. “As quickly as she did that to the door the condominium simply blew up.”
4 firefighters have been rushed to Parkland Hospital the place they have been initially listed in essential situation.
However the metropolis’s fireplace chief revealed that they’re all anticipated to outlive together with the others injured.
“There is no such thing as a such factor as a routine name and at any given second the well being and security of our courageous women and men may be positioned at excessive danger,” mentioned Chief Dominique Artis.
The Metropolis of Dallas promised an investigation in a press release.
Atmos power is deflecting blame in a press release:
This morning, Atmos Power was referred to as by Dallas Hearth-Rescue to the scene of an condominium complicated on Highland Hills Drive in Dallas. After verifying that fuel was shut off to the meter that provides the condominium complicated, our extremely educated technicians started performing security checks of Atmos Power’s system. Atmos Power has verified that our system is working as anticipated, and we’ve discovered no indication that our system was concerned.
The town is encouraging folks enthusiastic about serving to the affected households to donate to the Purple Cross on the Dallas Basis’s Catastrophe Reduction Fund.