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Blaze Rips Cary Apartment Complex

Posted January 3, 2007

— An early-morning fire displaced 23 residents of a Cary apartment complex from their homes early Wednesday.

At about 4 a.m., someone reported a blaze on the back deck of a third-floor apartment at Marquis of Preston Apartments at 2215 Preston Grove Ave.

Firefighters responded to the scene within minutes and worked to evacuate the building. They were able to contain the fire after more than two hours.

No one was injured.

"It was completely nuts. We didn't know what was going on," said David Kindelberger, who was displaced by the fire. "We were kind of in a daze from being sleeping."

Initial reports from firefighters first at the scene indicate that the fire might have started on the back side of the building between the second and third floor.

Authorities said 18 apartments were affected by the fire. Four units on the third floor were destroyed, and at least eight others sustained severe water damage. Only 16 of the 18 unites were occupied, authorities said.

Investigators were working Wednesday afternoon to determine the cause but said there was no reason to suspect that foul play was involved.

The American Red Cross and apartment managers are working to help displaced residents.

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  • The Chosen One Jan 3, 2007

    Renters Insurance is a must. After seeing what this fire did first hand ( I am a resident at the Marquis of Preston ) I for one will be shopping around to get some.

  • ltbarkley Jan 3, 2007

    I saw a chimney in one of those pictures - I wonder if the chimneys have been cleaned regularly? It was chilly last night, I wonder if it was a chimney fire that started it all?

  • bulldoggg03 Jan 3, 2007

    First of all I am a residence at the Marque of Preston. Secondly just cause someone has a grill on their porch or deck doesnt mean they are using them. A lot of people store stuff on their porches or decks for lack or storage space. It would be kinda hard for managment to walk the property every day to just keep an eye out for grills on decks. Plus this happened at 4 a.m. I dont think anyone had an early morning hunger for a steak. They dont know what caused the fire yet but I would have to say it might have something to do with Christmas lights. If we cant store grills on our decks (which there is no law about that) then we shouldnt be able to show Christmas spirit either right?
    And for the record apartment living is not cheap nor are the way these buildings are built. Its just close living quarters and to contain a raging fire from spreading is going to be pretty hard no matter how much firewall you have.
    Thanks and good luck to those who had the damage..Im sorry for your losses

  • toffton Jan 3, 2007

    My apt complex requires renters insurance. I wouldn't live in an apartment without it, too risky, you never know if you neighboor is going to accidently leave a candle burning or set the deck on fire.

  • Munchie Jan 3, 2007

    If you rent I think you should have renters insurance. And if you see someone breaking the law, report it...'they' cannot enforce the law if 'they' don't know its being broken.

  • ahawkins629 Jan 3, 2007

    one bad thing is people living in apts do not follow the fire codes themselves... grills and such are not to be used within 15 feet of a building and yet people have grills on thier decks and porches and use them there regularly.. they shouldnt make laws they dont enforce...

  • martini Jan 3, 2007

    I am really surprised that with all the apartments in the area, no one has jumped in with a sale slogan as "renters insurance included" and just tac it on to the monthly rent.

  • They call me CATMAN Jan 3, 2007

    First Thing all people who live in apartment need to know is get renters insurance it is not expensive and when thing's like this happen you will be covered. Also no amount of firewall is going to keep a fire like this from spreading so quickly.No I am not an insurance saleman.

  • erin112078 Jan 3, 2007

    Wait wait wait. The government needs to put stricter, improved fire codes into place to have fire walls in apartments? Who's going to pay for THAT?

    Management Companies? Yeh, but with increased rents. The government? Yeh, but with increased taxes.

    That's why apartment living is cheap. Cheaply made buildings. If you can afford more, you'll have firewalls, or a mortgage.

  • n4lew2 Jan 3, 2007

    Why don't consumers ask about the constuction of the places they intend to rent and take on a little responsibility for themselves. I love how people always want the "government" to take care of everything (BTW we the citizens are the government). Besides that will just lead to higher taxes for everyone one nothing will be accomplished.
    Fortunately everyone got out OK, that's the main thing.