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There Was a Fire Over the Weekend at the Valley View Mall Site

The wreckage of the Valley View Mall caught fire early Saturday. The developer who owns the property has until July 28 to finish demolition.
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Bethany Erickson

Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a fire early Saturday morning at the remaining structures at Valley View Mall.

Spokesman Jason Evans told our sister publication, People Newspapers, that when firefighters arrived shortly after midnight, there was smoke coming from the three-story building. The fire was in near the AMC movie theater, which closed in January 2022.

Evans said that it took four hours to extinguish the blaze, but that most of the time was spent ventilating smoke to “confirm there was no fire remaining.” No one was injured, but firefighters did rescue an unhoused man from the roof, where he had tried to escape the fire. It is not believed that he had anything to do with the fire, which is under investigation.

A Redditor captured the fire:

In December, shortly after D Magazine reported on a Youtube video that showed how easy it was to break into the remaining portion of the mall, the city of Dallas sent a demand letter to developer Scott Beck, who owns that parcel of the Valley View property. The city is giving Beck until July 28 to finish demolishing the site, and also placed him on notice in regards to improve securing the site until the demolition is complete.

The Valley View site is included in the city’s 450-acre International District, which includes the Galleria Dallas and everything in between the two sites. Dallas ISD will bring a STEAM school, the North Central Texas Council of Governments has promised $10 million for a people mover, Montfort Drive is getting a complete street makeover, and the city purchased the Prism at Midtown building to serve as its anchor for a large park.


Bethany Erickson

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Bethany Erickson is the senior digital editor for D Magazine. She's written about real estate, education policy, the stock market, and crime throughout her career, and sometimes all at the same time. She hates lima beans and 5 a.m. and takes SAT practice tests for fun.

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