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Fire claims Garner apartments

Posted December 3, 2011

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— The Red Cross provided shelter Saturday night for more than 20 people after a fire swept through a building at the Byran Woods Apartments in Garner.

Firefighters said the blaze began outside of 915 Bryan Place and damaged four apartments. While firefighters clean up, all 16 units – home to 18 adults and six children – are inaccessible, Garner Fire Department spokesman Tim Herman said.

He expected most of those displaced would be able to return home on Sunday.

Ray and Z Parrott told WRAL News that their apartment was among the units with the most damage. They said they lost everything and had no insurance.

The Wake County fire marshal was investigating what started the fire.

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  • tierneemalinadeveaux Dec 5, 2011

    Renters insurance is really cheap. I mean cheaper per month than eating out. But that is beside the point in this case. These families are out of a home today. I pray for their needs to be met. Such a horrible tragedy.

  • texasncgirl Dec 5, 2011

    Ok, renters insurance is CHEAP. There should be NO reason why you can't afford it. I realize that people may not be able to "afford" the expense...but you're "affording" this apartment...there's no reason why you can't "afford" $70-100 a YEAR for $12-15,000 in personal property coverage. But even more importantly, apartments NEED to REQUIRE it because of liability..the apartment is NOT the renter's property, it is the apartment company's and they need to be protected as well as other renter's in case some fool leaves an improperly discarded cigarette or leaves water running or forgets to turn off the stove.

    People can be so ignorant.

  • sunneyone Dec 5, 2011

    I don't know that it's really fair to require renters insurance just to sign a lease. It's their property. It's nice to have and as a 30 something, I know it's a good "security blanket" to have, but some people just can't afford it. If they can't afford health insurance, they sure can't afford renters insurance. :/

  • coopster Dec 5, 2011

    it was 925 Bryan Place

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Dec 5, 2011

    all apartments need to REQUIRE renters insurance to get a lease signed. it's so cheap, i don't know why people don't get it.

    I have some things to get rid of, mostly kids clothes, but would love to donate them to these families if they are needed.