Apartment units destroyed by fire in Denison

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

DENISON, Tex. - A fire destroys an apartment in Denison. Mystic Matthews spoke with residents who came home to find their apartment in flames.

Firefighters were called out just after seven o'clock Wednesday night to put out the flames. When they arrived, an apartment unit was fully involved.

But fire officials say police arrived first and got everyone inside the apartments out/ It took just under 30 minutes for fire fighters to put out the flames, but smoke was still pouring out of the building for some time.

It was a two-alarm fire, which means Denison and Sherman responded.

The family whose unit caught fire says when they finished cooking earlier they left. When they came back, the apartment was on fire. They say their stove was faulty and came on and off by itself. They believe that may have caused the fire.

"We've been here for a long time. It's just scary. We ain't got no place to go," says Christian Wilson, who lived in the apartment that was destroyed.

"With this mugginess, it doesn't take long for them [firefighters] to wear down. They did a great job of stopping this fire where it was at. But the price for that is exhaustion and fatigue," says Denison Asst. Fire Chief Bill Ray.

One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. But Ray credits the police officers for making sure there weren't any more injuries.

Two units were damaged and at least three more received smoke damage. Out of the 13 units on the second floor, seven were unoccupied.

The Red Cross has been called in to help those families who do not have a place to stay.

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  • by me Location: oklahoma on May 27, 2008 at 03:50 PM
    rejeania get a life,its like this,if you know you have to many welfare kids why have more,get the picture,to many kids
  • by rejeania Location: oklahoma on May 24, 2008 at 07:39 PM
    i have lived in denison most of my life and i know circle apts and i have a question .... if you know that the stove is faulty why would u leave a pan of grease on stove anyway....
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2008 at 07:49 PM
    maybe the firemen are scared to use it
  • by Anonymous Location: Denison on May 23, 2008 at 06:19 AM
    From what I have seen and heard from a friend that is a firefighter these guys did a great job stopping the fire from spreading any further. The question I have is why do my tax dollars pay for a Denison ladder truck that never gets used? Why is Sherman's ladder truck at this fire but not Denison's??? These are million dollar trucks and the only time you ever see Denison use theres is in the parades?? I want to see my tax dollars working for my fellow citizens and for me if I should ever need it not sit in the station and rot never getting used. Sherman's ladder goes to pretty much every fire and most car wrecks on the highways to assist blocking traffic, why is Denison scared to use there's???
  • by Anonymous on May 22, 2008 at 03:38 PM
    it was circle apartments
  • by Anonymous Location: dallas on May 22, 2008 at 08:23 AM
    the only apartments i can think of in that area are the circle apartments
  • by Anonymous Location: Denison on May 22, 2008 at 07:59 AM
    I'm confused which apartments these are. What is the name of the apartment complex?
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