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Durham apartment fire injures one, displaces 30

Posted September 30, 2011

— One person was injured in an overnight fire at a Durham apartment complex, which destroyed about a dozen units and displaced 30 people, authorities said Friday morning.

The fire started in the basement of a building in the Bridges at Southpoint complex, at 7304 Calibre Park Drive, at about midnight and worked its way up to the third floor of the buildings, authorities said.

"There was such a significant amount of fire inside the structure that the damage inside the structure is pretty extensive," said Dan Curia, deputy chief with the Durham Fire Department. "We've had a collapse of one floor into another floor."

Durham Fire Durham apartment fire displaces dozens

One woman was taken to Duke University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A firewall prevented the fire from spreading to half of the apartment building, authorities said.

Investigators were combing through the building on Friday to try to determine the cause of the fire. They said they believe it was accidentally sparked near a bedroom.

Complex managers said all renters are required to have insurance, so everyone whose apartment was damaged in the fire is covered.

Displaced residents will be moved to other units in the complex or a nearby complex owned by the same company, managers said.

Managers said they hope residents would be able to return to the units that weren't damaged in the building. They were waiting on inspectors to allow them back in Friday.

Some residents were trying to find pets that had been missing since the fire, authorities said.


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  • dont-be-a-hater Sep 30, 2011

    Well said mkhcancer. So sad for the ones I know that were involved in the fire and lost their pets. Yes, renters ins can replace some things-but there are some things that can't be replaced like mmtlash just said. What a nightmare. They will never forget it.

  • mmtlash Sep 30, 2011

    there are some posessions that even renters insurance can't replace.... like old photo albums, hand me downs from generations, etc. The folks are in my thoughts

  • mkhcancer Sep 30, 2011

    I'm mad the fact that I told the camera man from WRAL to stop recording and yet he had a smirk on his face and still continued to record my girlfriend after she had was heart broken, shedding into tears after the fact she had lost her two pets that were her life. Have some respect man! And the female news reporter should show a little respect too. I would have went out of my way to save any of your lives if you guys were in the fire. So have some (fffANDn) decency when someone is mourning their lost pets.

  • josman27510 Sep 30, 2011

    I used to live there....and they require renters insurance. So, hopefully they will get taken care of.

  • sssh.. whisper Sep 30, 2011

    glad everyone is safe.

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 30, 2011

    It tears me up to see more people in need everyday at a time when most all of us have less that we can provide.

  • hp277 Sep 30, 2011

    Renters insurance is a worthwhile investment. You just never know what silly thing your aparetment neighbors are going to do.