Three-alarm fire at Fort Worth apartment tower

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Posted on March 24, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 24 at 12:39 PM

FORT WORTH — A three-alarm fire is now under control at a high-rise senior living complex in Fort Worth.

The first alarm was sounded 6:37 a.m. Sunday at the Westchester Plaza building at 550 South Summit Avenue, just south of downtown.

Fire officials said at least one person was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

More than 30 units were called to the scene to deal with the evacuation of more than 250 elderly residents from the 12-story building.

Investigators said while the sprinkler system confined the fire to a single room on the fourth floor, smoke spread to the entire structure.

A fire department statement said the greatest challenge was safely evacuating residents while keeping them shielded from the bitterly cold weather.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross assisted with the evacuation and worked to help keep residents safe and warm until it's safe to return home.

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