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Large Cary apartment fire displaces 20 people

Posted September 7

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— Authorities on Wednesday morning battled a large apartment fire at the Hyde Park Apartments in Cary that displaced at least 20 people.

The fire was reported just before midnight on Tuesday at 206 Hyde Park Ct. The fire spread to all three floors and into the attic of the building.

"It had a pretty good head start on us,” said Cary Assistant Fire Chief, Loren Cone.

Neighbors said flames were showing from the building, and the fire caused the chimney to collapse.

"You could feel the heat through the window," said Kristie Zothner, who lives in the building next to the one that caught fire. "My mom yelled, 'Fire,' and I ran and got my cat."

Denise Neibert said when she got out of her building she could see "huge flames."

But, in the midst of the sadness over the community's losses, Claudia Jordano, who escaped from the third floor with her boyfriend, said she was thrilled firefighters were able to recover some of her family photos.

"Wallets, ID, car keys. We don't have anything, but my pets are safe, and we are safe. I think that's the most important thing," she said.

Fire alarms in the complex were working, officials said, and some neighbors helped clear the building of other residents. There were no injuries reported.

Authorities have not determined what caused the fire.

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  • Shannon Meredith Sep 7, 12:24 p.m.
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    While pets may be considered "property" to you (and I sincerely hope that you have no pets), they are considered precious family to many others. I have not actually seen the report where the animals killed were mentioned at all, therefore I am not up at arms about the mention of no injuries...however, if it is indeed true, then I am sure it is oversight on the part of reporter for this story, as I have seen mention of animals killed in incidents like this in the past.
    Your comment really reveals a lot about your lack of ability to show compassion and empathy.

  • Matt Carter Sep 7, 12:14 p.m.
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    Wow. There were no injuries as a result of the fire nor any fatalities. The pets do not get reported for the same reason there is no status update on the household appliances, they are all mere property. The important fact is that the people escaped without injury. Dogs and cats can be replaced just like a refrigerator can be replaced.
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/share/page/1896337/?id=15992895#dTZIxZ4b95PZDdX1.99

    You're a douchbag.

  • Erika Phipps Sep 7, 11:30 a.m.
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    Gee, you sound nice.

  • John Barbara Sep 7, 11:05 a.m.
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    Wow. There were no injuries as a result of the fire nor any fatalities. The pets do not get reported for the same reason there is no status update on the household appliances, they are all mere property. The important fact is that the people escaped without injury. Dogs and cats can be replaced just like a refrigerator can be replaced.

  • Kris Dawn Sep 7, 8:41 a.m.
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    Ughh those poor animals.

  • Kris Dawn Sep 7, 8:41 a.m.
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    Ughh those poor animals.

  • Totes Mcgotes Sep 7, 7:55 a.m.
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    I'm sorry, but this is NOT correct. "There were no injuries reported." I don't want to sound like "that person", but a dog and 2 cats died in this fire.

    Those are somebody's pets, perhaps they were the only family a person had. Yes, I know it's important to mention that no PEOPLE were hurt, but imagine your best friend in the whole world is furry and on four legs and now they're no longer here due to this fire. I'm sure it is great comfort to them to hear that "no one was injured."