DALLAS (KXAS) - The body of a missing Dallas firefighter has been found after he was trapped in six-alarm condo fire, according to KXAN sister station KXAS.
The blaze at the Hearthwood Condominium complex at 12363 Abrams Road had smoke billowing through the roof of the complex when the first fire crews arrived at the scene at 2:52 a.m.
Jason Evans with Dallas Fire-Rescue said firefighters initially started to attack the fire offensively, but after the fire grew too quickly, crews moved to a defensive attack.
Evans told NBC 5's Kendra Lyn that the missing firefighter used his radio to say he was trapped inside and did not know where he was. Evans says crews had not been able to reach the firefighter by radio since that last message at 5 a.m. Monday.
The body was removed by stretcher from the rubble of the complex, flanked on either side by saluting firefighters that had removed their helmets. The stretcher was loaded into a Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance that left the scene with a police escort but did not activate lights or sirens.
Fire crews had to pull back on fighting the flames of the massive fire while they searched for the firefighter. Flames were still visible even while crews searched the area.
Evans also said the huge fire was keeping crews from searching the building for any injured or trapped residents inside the building.
Firefighters rescued at least five residents from the building during the process. Two residents were treated for minor smoke inhalation at the scene. Two firefighters were taken to a hospital for minor injuries. Both are expected to be okay.
At least 24 units were destroyed by the fire. The roof of the building collapsed in some area, leaving third floor apartments exposed. Other damaged portions of the building may have collapsed as well.
The three-story complex was built in 1980, according to Condo.com. The complex is close to Interstate 635 and flames are visible from some traffic cameras in the area.
Dallas Fire-Rescue elevated the blaze to a six-alarm fire at 5:20 a.m. Monday, bringing in additional units to help battle the blaze. Over 100 firefighters and more than a dozen fire engines are at the scene.
Residents were evacuated from the complex, including elderly residents who were forced to climb down the ladders of some DFR trucks.
Many of the roads leading to and from the complex have been blocked, so even residents that are not directly impacted by the fire cannot get into or out of the complex.
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