Dallas Apartment Blast Residents Extended Hotel Stay – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


Residents displaced after an apartment explosion will have more time to stay in area hotels, a Dallas council member reiterated Sunday.

Tennell Atkins said he called a press briefing specifically to ensure accurate and clear information was conveyed to the more than 200 residents who had been staying in hotels for the past four days.

“No one will be moved, they can still stay at the hotel,” Atkins said. “We’re going to make sure these families are taken care of. This is my number one concern.

Atkins made the remarks as a handful of Highland Hills Apartments tenants watched.

Lisa Williams said she traveled to Dallas City Hall from a nearby city-provided hotel so she could hear updates.

David Goins, NBC 5 News

“We get all of this different information and it’s like who are we talking to, where are we going,” said Williams.

Williams said on Sunday that she was relieved to know she could continue to stay in a hotel, but admitted that uncertainty over when her family of five could return home weighed on her.

“It’s tough. I’m just ready to be in one place and be comfortable,” Williams said.

The building most directly affected by Wednesday’s explosion was demolished hours later. Two other buildings were damaged and the remainder of the complex at 5700 Highland Hills Drive was evacuated as water and gas were cut off while a case investigation continues.

Three Dallas Fire-Rescue firefighters were seriously injured in the blast and remain in critical condition on Sunday but are stable according to spokesman Jason Evans.

“All three continue to improve on their respective injuries and the department remains optimistic about their results,” said Evans.

DFR responded to the complex on the complaint of a gas leak on Wednesday and was investigating when the explosion occurred.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

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