Two separate fires happened on Monday night, displacing 50 people from their homes. One of the fires started before 10:00 p.m. at the High Point Village apartment complex on Professional Drive. KFDX News Channel Three reports that the fire was contained to one apartment, where a resident was said to have been recently evicted. Early investigations indicate that the fire may have started in the living room. There is no word on the cause of the fire, or if it was intentionally started. At least seven other surrounding apartments sustained smoke and fire damage. At this time, officials estimate that substantial damage has been done at that complex. Later that night, a second fire happened at the Econolodge motel.
Red Cross Steps Into Action
The Red Cross swiftly stepped into action at the High Point Village apartment complex and got eight families moved into the Econolodge for the night. Just as the families were getting settled into their temporary lodging rooms, a second fire started, and they had to be evacuated again. Around 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, firefighters were on the scene of a three-alarm blaze at the motel. The fire was contained to one room, where two adults and three children were staying for the night. Very little information has been released on the cause of these two fires, or if they were in some way related. KFDX News Channel Three reports that officials are still investigating these fires.
Apartment Fire in Wichita Falls
In August, we covered a news story about a fire that occurred at Woodlands Apartment Complex in Wichita Falls. The three-alarm fire had multiple first responders on the scene. A tinder truck was even brought in from Sheppard Air Force Base to help fight the blaze. At least 12 units of the complex were destroyed in the fire.
What to do After a Fire
Unlike an injury arising from car accident or other type of incident, a residential or apartment fire often leaves displaced families homeless with no possessions and nowhere to go.