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Christmas Day fire victims get temporary housing

Posted December 28, 2011

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— A Raleigh apartment complex is helping find temporary housing for 32 people who lost their homes in a pre-dawn fire on Christmas Day.

A fire tore through a townhome building at Green Castle Apartments, 2647 New Hope Church Road, destroying seven units and damaging three others.

Green Castle managers said Tuesday that they are placing the displaced families in vacant apartments until a long-term housing solution can be found.

Immediately after the fire, the Red Cross put up the families in a hotel, while Helping Hands and individuals helped with their immediate needs, such as school supplies for children.

Fire investigators said the fire started in the back of one of the townhomes, but the cause hasn't been determined.

Sunday's fire was the third large one to strike Green Castle Apartments in the past five years.

Faulty wiring in a townhome sparked a June 14, 2010, fire that destroyed or damaged six units, displacing 24 people. Lightning struck a townhome on April 3, 2006, causing a fire that damaged seven units, leaving 12 people without a place to live.


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