On Thursday, December 11, a fire broke out at the Thanksgiving Tower in downtown Dallas. Firefighters were called to respond to the emergency at approximately 10:00 a.m. It was reported that smoke from the flames could be seen coming out of the parking garage, which led emergency responders to think that they were battling a car fire. It was later discovered, however, that the fire was actually in the equipment room.
Currently, the cause of the fire is unknown; however, due to the thick smoke, it is believed that it could be linked to something electrical in nature. This smoke led to a combination of poor visibility and heat that initially made it so that firefighters were unable to enter the building. They had to wait until the power was cut before they could enter. Approximately 2,800 people were evacuated—many of whom had to walk down flights of stairs during their exit of the 50-story building.
Several people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, three people were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries, and three workers, who were originally unaccounted for, have since been found dead inside the building. The workers were subcontractors of Best Mechanical. A spokesperson for the company said the following: "Our heartfelt sympathy goes with these families especially at this time of year, and as we know more of course we'll reach out to those families but it was just a very, very tragic accident."