At approximately 5:40 PM tonight, the Irving Fire Department received a distress call and quickly dispatched units to the MAA Remington apartments, located on the 1100 block of Meadow Creek Drive. The initial reports indicated a fire outbreak on the third floor of the building, leaving some individuals trapped inside their apartments.
The first fire unit arrived on the scene at 5:46 PM and immediately reported that the fire had spread to the stairwell on the third floor. Responding firefighters swiftly initiated rescue efforts and simultaneously advanced a hose into the affected units to combat the blaze.
Given the severity of the situation, a second alarm was called to summon additional manpower and tackle the escalating heat conditions. As the brave firefighters fought to contain the fire and rescue the trapped residents, they encountered a distressing scene. Two occupants were trapped on the third floor and, in a desperate attempt to escape the flames, jumped from their balconies. During the chaotic situation, an Irving Police Officer heroically tried to catch the falling residents, but unfortunately, he too suffered injuries in the process.
Multiple ambulances were called to the scene to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured parties. The injured residents and the courageous police officer were promptly transported to nearby hospitals to receive medical care.
At the height of the emergency response, a total of 30 firefighting units and equipment were deployed to tackle the raging inferno. The relentless efforts of the firefighters paid off, and the fire was eventually brought under control at 6:15 PM.
Currently, authorities are actively investigating the cause of the fire to determine its origin and circumstances that led to such a devastating incident.
As the scene was being cleaned up and the firefighters were winding down after the intense operation, one of the Irving firefighters began to exhibit symptoms of heat stress. In an abundance of caution, the firefighter was promptly transported to a nearby hospital for a thorough medical evaluation.