DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Police have arrested a woman officials say is responsible for starting a house fire that left three firefighters in Dallas hospitalized early Thursday morning.
On June 30 at 12:15 p.m., Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a building fire alarm at a home at 2246 Mail Ave. in northwestern Dallas.
When firefighters arrived at the single-story, wood-framed home, they saw smoke coming from the front and “heavy fire” from the side.
After forcing the front door, officials said firefighters were ambushed by extreme heat and forced to leave the house. However, a firefighter became disoriented in the process and declared a Mayday, resulting in a second alarm response.
That team of firefighters managed to extricate themselves with the help of additional firefighters, and the Mayday response was subsequently canceled, officials said. The extinguishing attempts then continued and the fire was extinguished in just over half an hour.
Officials said one resident was in the house and was able to get out safely, but investigators determined she was the one responsible for the fire from using a cigarette.
After being interviewed by investigators, the suspect – identified as 29-year-old Diana Marie Davila – admitted to setting the fire and was arrested and taken to the Dallas County Jail.
Three firefighters were taken to Parkland Hospital with varying degrees of burns, officials said. None of their injuries are considered life-threatening and one has already been treated and released.