WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — 18 people are displaced right after flames tore by way of an condominium advanced in Wichita Falls Tuesday evening.

Firefighters arrived at the Summit condominium elaborate close to Sheppard Air Force Foundation all-around 7:15 p.m. and invested 45 minutes placing out the blaze.

The Red Cross responded on scene and is now undertaking what they can to achieve all 18 citizens.

Robyn Flores is the govt director of the Texas Huge Country chapter of the American Purple Cross and stated coming to the rescue throughout instances of crisis is what they do very best.

“We acquired the dispatch a very little after the fire office responded on the scene so we could be in call with the inhabitants,” Flores mentioned.

As flames engulfed a building at the Summit apartment advanced, associates of the Pink Cross had been on the ground and completely ready to lend a assisting hand.

“What we do is form of an speedy triage. Satisfy with the residents and attempt to decide are their desires becoming fulfilled,” Flores mentioned.

Crucial companies that Wichita Falls Fire Marshal Cody Melton mentioned will be necessary as officials examine what may perhaps have brought on the hearth.

“I spoke with a variety of the tenants and they have been devoid of renters insurance policies and so some of them are going by means of a genuine tough time correct now,” Melton claimed.

Melton said firefighters imagine the fireplace may possibly have commenced in the kitchen area of one particular of the 16 apartment models ruined in the fire. The cause of the hearth stays under investigation.

“With a hearth like that, with that a great deal hurt in one area, witnesses will be extremely critical in identifying what the result in is so we are still interviewing persons,” Melton explained.

In the meantime, Purple Cross staff will continue on to offer guidance to those in require.

“My heart breaks for them each and every and every time this takes place but it is a gratifying sensation recognizing that we can make a difference,” Flores reported.