A fire ripped through an apartment building at Somerset Apartments in the 200 block of E. Corporate Drive Tuesday morning shortly after 10 a.m.

Building 6, a two-story building housing 16 units was uninhabitable after the fire, which mostly consumed the upper floor of the west side of the building.

Fire Chief Tim Tittle said that as far as they knew, nobody was injured in the fire.  Shortly afterward, a person on the scene suffered a fall and was transported to the hospital.

Firefighters from Lewisville’s ladder truck 167 doused the flames from above. (Photo by Steve Southwell)
The western half of the upper floor was heavily damaged by the fire. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

The building has a breezeway between the two halves, and Tittle said that the fire may have gotten just a bit into the eastern side, so one or two units on that side may have smoke or water damage.

According to Tittle, the building will not be able to be occupied for the time being due to the utilities being turned off, and because it was unknown whether electrical wires affecting both halves were damaged in the fire.

Fire personnel from Lewisville were joined by apparatus and personnel from Flower Mound, Coppell, and Carrollton in fighting the blaze, which was mostly extinguished by about 11 a.m.

Ladders from Flower Mound and Lewisville were both used to douse the flames. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

First responders had Corporate Drive shut down in the area due to fire hoses stretched across the roadway.  Firefighters also had to break through a brick screening wall of an adjacent church to get a fire hose through from a hydrant there.

Firefighters rescued a scared, wet cat from one of the units. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

City of Lewisville spokesman James Kunke said the Red Cross was on the scene working with displaced residents, and that apartment management believes it has enough empty units to re-house the residents temporarily.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

We’ll update this story if we learn more.

(Cover photo by Gordon Meeks)


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