On Monday, September 4th, at 4:26 p.m., Dallas Fire-Rescue units rushed to a 911 call for a structure fire at an automotive shop situated at 222 S. Buckner Boulevard in Southeast Dallas.
Upon arrival, firefighters witnessed smoke and flames emanating from the rear of the two-story commercial building. They initiated an offensive fire attack, but due to the rapid spread of the fire, orders were given for the crews to evacuate the building and switch to a defensive firefighting strategy.
Subsequently, second and third alarms were activated, bringing approximately 60 to 70 firefighters to the scene to contain the situation. Four aerial ladder pipes were deployed around the structure to extinguish the flames. The fire was ultimately declared extinguished at 6:22 p.m.
Thankfully, no individuals were inside the business as it had recently been vacated, resulting in no reported injuries except for one firefighter who received on-site treatment for a leg injury unrelated to burns and did not require hospitalization.
The fire caused extensive damage to the building, as it rapidly spread to the second floor and consumed the roof shortly after the arrival of Dallas Fire-Rescue personnel. Most of the roof collapsed, rendering the structure mostly inaccessible.
At this time, the cause of the fire remains undetermined, and investigations are ongoing.