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Fire rips through Fayetteville apartment building

Posted December 4, 2013

Fire caused heavy damage early Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, to a three-story apartment building in the 500 block of Cutchen Lane, Fayetteville Fire Department officials said.

— Investigators have ruled a fire early Wednesday morning in Fayetteville as accidental but have not said what caused more than $300,000 in damages. 

The blaze broke out shortly before 2 a.m. at The Village of Cliffdale Apartments at 567 Cutchen Lane, displacing nine adults and a child.

There were no reports of injuries, but three of the 24 units in the three-story building were heavily damaged and nine others suffered smoke and water damage.

The apartment complex relocated seven other residents because of the smell of smoke.

Authorities said it appeared that the fire started on a second-floor balcony and then spread along the side of the building into the attic.

Flames were shooting through the roof when firefighters arrived.

It took about 20 minutes for firefighters to get the blaze under control, and they remained at the scene until 5 a.m.

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  • 1cent+1cent Dec 4, 2013

    These wood framed apartments are nothing but fire traps. Several months ago, Raleigh experienced a worse apartment fire. That apartment complex was wood based construction like this one. How the State Dept of Insurance allows such dangerous multi-family construction is beyond me. Well, really it's not. They are lobbied by the construction industry who's interest is cheap construction and overall safety may be secondary. Thankful no one injured/killed. People living in these multi-story, multi-family buildings should take notice.