RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Late Friday night, firefighters were still at the scene of a fire that destroyed an apartment complex in Raleigh earlier Friday.
The blaze was reported around 2:45 p.m. at the Regency Place Apartments on St. Regis Circle, which is off Western Boulevard.
The Raleigh Fire Department told CBS17 that the complex is a “total loss” and that all 12 units were destroyed.
“My friend and I just moved here two weeks ago,” said Esdras Bouasa, who lived in a second-floor unit. “It’s kind of surreal.”
Bouasa told CBS17 he was pulling into the neighborhood when he witnessed police and firefighters rushing to save his apartment.
“As soon as I got here, that’s whenever all the police cars started rushing in,” he said.
In all, 62 firefighters from the Raleigh and Cary fire departments responded to the scene.
Division Fire Chief Kevin Coppage said the fire appears to have started on an outside deck and that no one was injured. Coppage said crews did their best to keep their distance from each other, but that saving lives takes priority.
“We’re trying to be as far apart as can go help practice that,” he said of trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “But I’m just gonna say, with the adrenaline going, unfortunately, we may not hit it every time because our mind is going in to save victims and minimize property loss.”
Kellee Meiners said she was working from home when she heard neighbors screaming. She grabbed her two dogs and ran out.
“If nothing else, I’m glad I was working from home because I was able to get the dogs out,” she said. “That’s a big thing, that a lot of people were here at least and able to get some things out.”
The American Red Cross is helping displaced residents. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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