Fire At Texas Assisted Living Center Forces Early Morning Evacuation

FORT WORTH (March 24, 2013)—A fire early Sunday at an assisted living center in Fort Worth forced the evacuation of some 200 people, many of them elderly.

One resident of the 10-story Westchester Plaza near downtown Fort Worth was treated for smoke inhalation Sunday

Flames were coming from the fourth floor of the building when firefighters arrived at around 6:45 a.m.

Residents of the building were forced out into frigid, blustery weather with temperatures in the 30s.

Fire Lt. Carol Jones says the sprinkler system kept the flames from spreading from the apartment on the fourth floor where the fire started.

The three-alarm fire was under control at about 7:30 a.m.

Many residents were allowed to return to their apartments, but some were displaced.

A spokeswoman for the Red Cross said the agency provided blankets and other services to residents.


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