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Fire at Smithfield apartments displaces 15

Posted December 11, 2011

— Fire at a Smithfield apartment complex Sunday afternoon damaged six apartments and displaced 15 residents, Fire Chief Paul Whitehurst said.

The fire started shortly before 2 p.m. in the ceiling or attic of an apartment at 2238 Kay Drive, Whitehurst said. Flames spread to five other units.

Authorities are still investigating how the fire started, but said it was accidental.

No one was injured. 

The local Red Cross chapter is working to provide temporary shelter for those who were displaced.


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  • usemailinator Dec 13, 2011

    Not to worry. HUD will have them back up and spending their section 8 vouchers in no time. Throw in some red cross and a pre-paid card and they will be able to buy aplenty of crack for Christmas.

  • estrauch Dec 12, 2011

    I hope more than the Red Cross steps up to help because unfortunately they don't help very much at all. Maybe a local Church will help out. There is no good time to lose your home, but this time of year it makes things especially difficult. Praying for the families.

  • Disabled Vet Dec 12, 2011

    Thiis fire is vvery similar toi a fire that occcured at that very same complex a few years back. It destroyed most of one building and displaced a number of residents.