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Residents salvage what's left of 4-alarm Dallas apt. fire

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A four-alarm fire at an apartment complex on Skillman Street in Northeast Dallas on Thursday left 90 people homeless.

Dallas-Fire Rescue got the 911 call about 4:45 p.m. and arrived at the Stone Ranch Apartments, where they found fire coming from a third floor apartment.

Brittany McDonald was not home during the blaze, but she lost everything.

"All I got is what's on my back, but I still got my kids, so everything else is materialistic," she said.

José Rodriguez, his wife and three small kids purchased renter's insurance just weeks ago after witnessing a recent fire nearby.

That's what we were thinking about…try finishing out our lease and moving into a house," said Rodriguez. "Get back on our feet and get stable again. It's hard, you know."

The fire forced firefighters to change their strategy after flames shot out of the building.

Because the fire quickly spread to the walls, firefighters had to use the ladder truck to get a good vantage point. However, in less than a minute, things got scary for them as a huge fireball exploded out of one of the top floor windows.

Immediately, the firefighters on the ladder quickly scurried back down the ladder.

It was at that point that DFR was taking a defensive position against the fire, which means no crews were to go inside.

About 70 to 80 firefighters battled the flames.

Fire officials say there may not have been anything inside that apartment that exploded – rather, a fire phenomenon may have caused it.

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