Vacant Church Near Dallas Love Field Airport Destroyed by 3-Alarm Fire

Dallas firefighters are investigating a 3-alarm fire that destroyed a vacant church and adjacent building near Love Field Airport.

A 3-alarm fire engulfed a vacant church and an adjacent building near Dallas Love Field Airport on Tuesday afternoon, prompting investigations into the cause by Dallas firefighters.

According to Jason Evans of Dallas Fire-Rescue, the blaze erupted at approximately 1 p.m. at a church located at 7715 Denton Drive South. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy smoke emanating from one side of the structure. Despite their efforts to contain the fire from within, it rapidly intensified, with flames breaking through the roof, necessitating a retreat and an exterior attack strategy.

Within 90 minutes, firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control. However, both buildings comprising the church sustained extensive damage, including roof collapses, rendering them potentially unsafe for reentry.

Evans confirmed that there were no indications of anyone trapped inside either of the vacant structures, and no injuries were reported during the incident.

The church, identified by signage as Iglesia Adventista, had been abandoned for some time, according to local resident Belinda Javier. She recounted witnessing the rapid spread of flames between the buildings, attributing the swift destruction to the structure’s derelict condition and previous incidents of trespassing.

Adjacent Obadiah Knight Elementary School took precautionary measures, relocating children to a safer location amidst the firefighting efforts.

As investigations into the cause of the fire continue, the community awaits further updates while grappling with the loss of the historic church building near the bustling Love Field Airport.

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