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10 Families Lose Homes in Raleigh Apartment Fire

Posted December 20, 2006
Updated December 21, 2006

— At least 10 families were displaced by a fire Wednesday afternoon at the Meredith Village Apartments on Wesville Court off Lake Boone Trail, near Rex Hospital.

There were no reports of injuries, and firefighters rescued some pets from the apartments while battling the fire, they said.

Investigators believe the fire started in a utility room in a ventilation system clogged with leaves and other debris that ignited.

"The flue in its encasement acted like a chimney, advancing the fire into the attic space, where it spread rapidly," said Raleigh Fire Division Chief Rusty Styons.

Firefighters were able to control the fire by knocking holes in the roof to slot it down and to keep it from spreading.

Eighteen of the 24 apartments in the complex suffered fire, smoke or water damage in the two-alarm blaze.

The Red Cross helped families with food and clothing. Neighbors, such as Feydrella Pollard, were also helping out.

"It's Christmas," she said. "Everybody looks forward to gifts and stuff, and when you lose your home, it's sad. It's really sad – and it's cold tonight. I would want somebody to help me out, too."

For now, some residents are staying in hotels. Others have been relocated to vacant units in the same complex.

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  • Mookers Dec 21, 2006

    This is a terrible thing to happen to anyone, regardless of the time of year. My Son & I experienced an apartment fire about 4 years ago, the important things were saved.....My son, the cats and the photo albums. We had no renters insurance, as we lived in one of the less fortunate communites. It was through the generousity of strangers that we received shoes, blankets, tootbrushes..things we take for granted of having daily. The assistance available through the local Red Cross.... three days of shelter, after the three days, we were on our own. If anyone is considering donating to help these families, please do it by donating items, gift cards, anything that will go directly to the people who need help. Donating money to "cover the cost" seems to somehow get lost paying salaries, overhead and other misc. things.

  • kacree Dec 21, 2006

    You may make a financial contribution to the Triangle Area Chapter of the American Red Cross (www.trianglearc.org) to help cover the cost of assistance provided to these residents. If you would like to donate items, you can contact the office at Meredith Village apartments. (919.787.2800)

  • jthomas3 Dec 21, 2006

    I wonder if there's an entity consolidating donations to help these folks out.

  • uncjulia Dec 20, 2006

    I wonder if this is the same building that burned around Easter Sunday several years ago.