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Fire destroyed Dallas gun range

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DALLAS -

A fire destroyed a Dallas gun range, forcing dozens of people to evacuate.

Around 2:30 p.m., huge clouds of smoke started billowing out of the DFW Gun Range, located on West Mockingbird Lane. When the fire broke out, there were at least 50 people inside.

People inside were told to evacuate, and forced to leave their belongings inside.

"It was a bit frightening to see the smoke whenever you are exiting, saying what's going on, and then we hear the ammo as we were outside," Ashley Hence said.

Firefighters had to contend with exploding ammunition, and a rapidly deteriorating building.

"One of the major walls has collapsed," Jason Evans, Dallas Fire-Rescue, said "Had we sent any firefighters inside to try and offensively attack that fire, we could have very well been looking for bodies right now."

Everyone got out safely, but one firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.

Dallas Fire-Rescue said a patron was using tracer rounds inside the range, which set off the entire north end of the building. Evans said that type of ammunition is prohibited at the gun range. Still, no laws were broken and no charges will be filed.

Firefighters said the building is a total loss and will have to be bulldozed.

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