Crews battle 2nd Wake County apartment fire in 2 days

Wake County News
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – For the second time in two days, Wake County fire crews are battling a fire at an apartment building.

Crews responded to a fire at an apartment along the 3000 block of Aileen Drive, officials said. There were reports of a person trapped on the second floor. 

As of 6:30 p.m., the fire had been contained to two units and all known occupants were accounted for, officials said. 

In all, the fire damaged three units. Nine people — five adults and four children — were displaced because of the blaze.

Firefighters said people escaped through windows. Lara Bushby saw it all from across the complex.

“I think I kind of went into ‘I need to help’ mode,” she said. “The smoke was up past the trees. And you can see the fire kind of like rolling around, for a lack of a better word, inside the buildings.”

Many residents were concerned when they came home to see first responders.

“I was driving down Gorman Street, and I saw all of the lights and I got worried,” Shane Stein said.

The Red Cross is helping the nine people displaced. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, officials said.

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