Three-Alarm Fire Destroys Dallas Church

Vacant church fire near Dallas Love Field
Vacant church fire near Dallas Love Field | Image by NBC 5 DFW

Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to the scene of a fire at a vacant church building located at 7715 Denton Dr. near Dallas Love Field shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

“While initial attempts at an interior attack were made, the situation quickly escalated and fire began to come through the roof,” said a Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesperson, according to WFAA.

“At this point, a second alarm was requested … a third alarm (for manpower) has since been transmitted as approximately 60-70 firefighters continue working to surround and drown the fire.”

Photos posted by the department show the firefighters spraying water on the scorched remains of the building. Some of the two-story structure’s walls remain intact, but the roof appears to have been completely destroyed.

Smoke from the fire prompted air traffic controllers at Dallas Love Field to redirect traffic to Runway 31. However, all runways were reported clear by 3:00 p.m.

Obadiah Knight Elementary School, located less than half a mile from the church, was evacuated as a precautionary measure, but the school was unaffected by the fire.

“Since our school was not affected, it was out of an abundance of precaution and request by Dallas Fire-Rescue to evacuate to the church across the street,” said a spokesperson for the school, per WFAA. “A smooth dismissal is occurring there.”

No injuries have been reported from the blaze. Officials have not yet determined the cause of the fire and are continuing their investigation.

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