Oak Lawn community organizes donation site at Sam Houston Elementary for fire victims

Congress House Apartments, 4320 Congress Ave. (Anna Waugh/Dallas Voice)

Donations are being accepted for the 10 families displaced by an early morning fire at the Congress House Apartments on Thursday.

Nancy Weinberger, leader of the Oak Lawn Stakeholders crime watch group, sent an email out Thursday evening to inform the Oak Lawn community that the families lost everything they owned and are in need of clothing, furniture and other items. The American Red Cross housed the families and gave them cash cards but they will need to find permanent housing.

The nearby Braes Brook Apartments are being vacated, Weinberger said, so some of the families planning to move to Congress House will likely have to find other housing as well.

Donations can be dropped off at Sam Houston Elementary School, at 2827 Throckmorton St. While no one is in the office, Weinberger said she has spoken to school administrators and that custodial staff and teachers working summer camps at the school will be there throughout the summer to collect items. Donations can be made between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. by accessing the door off Dickason by the gym.

Weinberger said items needed range form clothing to linens and furniture.

“These families have lost everything,” she said.

—  Anna Waugh

Blaze destroys 10 units at Oak Lawn complex

Congress House Apartments, 4320 Congress Ave. (Anna Waugh/Dallas Voice)

Dallas firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze early Wednesday morning in Oak Lawn that destroyed 10 apartments.

Firefighters were alerted at 4:45 a.m. to the fire in a downstairs apartment in the Congress House Apartments, at 4320 Congress Ave., according to Dallas-Fire Rescue.

A second alarm was called 10 minutes later and a third alarm for additional help came at around 5:15 a.m., resulting in 54 total firefighters fighting the flames that reached the attic and were intensified by the heat.

—  Anna Waugh