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Apex officer alerts residents to apartment fire

Posted August 24, 2011

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— An Apex officer spotted a fire in an apartment complex around midnight Tuesday and awakened the residents so they could get out safely, police said.

The officer, whose name wasn't released, was doing a routine patrol when he spotted smoke coming from the Linwood Apartments, 811 James St., police said. He called in the fire and banged on doors to wake up residents, who all escaped unharmed.

Investigators said the fire started in the back of an end unit in a four-apartment building, but they haven't determined the cause.

One apartment had fire damage, while another was damaged by smoke.

The Red Cross was helping the displaced residents find shelter.

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  • tugboat01 Aug 24, 2011

    I am sure the officer was not looking for attention. It is not very classy to make stupid comments, however most fires are discovered by individuals whom step up & help others. I am sure they would not see themselves as heroes either.

  • caseofthefoo Aug 24, 2011

    Wow!!! Some of the comments are just amazing. No matter what the police do some of you are going to cut them down. Man, I wish everyone could be as perfect as all of you.
    Duke _Nukem

    THANK FOR BEING THERE TO PROTECT & SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY !!!! JOB WELL DONE P.S IGNORE THE NEGATIVE BLOGS THEY'VE PROBABLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BROKEN AND THE LAW BEFORE AND HOLD A GRUDGE
    tinyboy

    You two are way too emotional. I guarantee you the officer would be the first to say he was just doing his job.

  • clb1125 Aug 24, 2011

    Great job Officer Burns! Whether or not it was part of your job description, you saved lives and that's awesome!!

    Those of you who took the time to post something other than a thank you or a congrats, I feel sorry for you. You live your life looking for something negative in everything you see. You make this world a sadder place than it has to be, and you spread your toxic attitudes everywhere thanks to the internet. You ought to be ashamed.

  • ThisAndThat Aug 24, 2011

    This is a great example of good police work. The officer should be commended since what are the odds others on patrol may have missed the signs? He should be rewarded and greatly appreciated for his alertness and compassion to get people out while a fire was nearby.

    This is in sharp contrast of a bad example of police enforcement which is done by having them sit at roadblocks waiting to make arrests. So get rid of the unconstitutional checkpoints and keep offices enforcing the law “legally” by patrolling the roads over creating random blocks like we are in a war zone.

  • tinyboy Aug 24, 2011

    THANK FOR BEING THERE TO PROTECT & SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY !!!! JOB WELL DONE P.S IGNORE THE NEGATIVE BLOGS THEY'VE PROBABLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BROKEN AND THE LAW BEFORE AND HOLD A GRUDGE

  • Duke _Nukem Aug 24, 2011

    Wow!!! Some of the comments are just amazing. No matter what the police do some of you are going to cut them down. Man, I wish everyone could be as perfect as all of you.

  • caseofthefoo Aug 24, 2011

    Soooo he was pretty much doing his job. I guess we can expect to see an article about the firemen that put out the fire too? Appreciate what he did but it was not above and beyond the call of duty. Right place, right time. Definitely not newsworthy.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 24, 2011

    KUDOS to him.

  • mfarmer1 Aug 24, 2011

    I guess we should give all the police and firemen off for coming to work and doing there job. maybe we should give him some extra money too along with a vacation to barbados.

    Amazing

    I hope he did not set the fire.

    If not good job.

  • technetium9 Aug 24, 2011

    Great job, love it when LEO get the "public safety" part of the job description right.

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