DALLAS — A child was killed and three other family members were injured Sunday morning in an apartment fire in Southeast Dallas.
"All of a sudden, we heard a big boom," said neighbor Troy Randle.
Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said the first units to arrive at the Casa Flores development at 2612 Highland Road encountered flames coming from the second-floor apartment at 9:15 a.m.
A woman and two of her children were able to escape with significant injuries, but a five-year-old child was trapped in the burning unit and pronounced dead at the scene.
One neighbor said he heard the mother screaming for help as her children were hiding in a bathroom.
Amateur video shows two apartment residents trying in vain to battle the heavy flames using fire extinguishers.
LaDettrick Tyson said residents broke down in tears as the fire grew out of control. "They said the kids were trapped inside the bathroom, and the fire people had to bust down the door to get them out," he said.
The three survivors were taken to a hospital, but their names and conditions were not available.
No one else was hurt and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Evans reminds Dallas residents to test smoke alarms and to have a family escape plan. Free smoke alarms are available to Dallas residents by calling 311.