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Veteran firefighter killed in huge Dallas condo fire

Massive six-alarm-blaze in Dallas, Texas kills a veteran firefighter and destroys at least 24 housing units.

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A huge six-alarm fire killed a veteran fire fighter and destroyed at least 24 different housing units in the early morning hours of May 20th in a Dallas, Texas complex of condos. (Wikimedia/Wikimedia commons)

A huge six-alarm fire killed a veteran fire fighter and destroyed at least 24 different housing units in the early morning hours of May 20th in a Dallas, Texas complex of condominiums. 

The fire was first reported around 3:00 AM and swiftly spread, forcing Dallas fighters to issue six alarms for additional manpower to battle the blaze, reported WFAA.com. 

A veteran firefighter deployed to the scene radioed for help around 5:30 AM, reporting that he was lost and unsure of where he was in the burning building. 

He was reported missing, and his body was eventually recovered from the burned out complex at 9:15 AM. He was officially declared dead not long afterwards. 

His body was then covered in an American flag, and he was taken to an ambulance as his fellow firefighters looked on, according to WFAA. He had been a 28-year-veteran with the department. 

Two other firefighters were injured in the blaze and transported to a hospital for treatment, reports NBC, although their injuries aren't believed to be serious. 

Five residents were rescued from the fire and two were treated for smoke inhalation. No residents were killed or seriously injured, added the Dallas Morning News. 

"They're fighting the wind today, and it's making it worse for them to try and get it out," a local woman told WFAA of the blaze. "The flames are just incredible, and my heart goes out to everyone involved."

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