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Neighbors rush to help during Raleigh apartment fire

Posted April 23, 2011

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— Neighbors broke into a burning apartment building in Raleigh late Friday to see if anyone needed help, firefighters said.

A neighbor called 911 about a fire in a one-story apartment building at 630 Rawls Drive around 11:30 p.m., said Capt. Tim Wilson, with the Raleigh Fire Department.

Three neighbors broke out windows before firefighters arrived to see if anyone was trapped, but no one was home at the time, police said.

Flames were pouring through the roof of the building when crews arrived, Wilson said. About 45 firefighters labored for an hour to bring the one-alarm blaze under control.

One person was taken to the hospital to be treated for cuts from broken glass. Two others were treated at the scene for similar wounds.

The fire damaged about three-quarters of the building, making two apartments uninhabitable, Wilson said. One person was displaced and was being helped by the Red Cross.

Investigators haven't determined the cause of the fire but believe it was accidental.


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