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Dozens displaced by Durham apartment fire

Posted August 31, 2012
Updated September 1, 2012

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— Flames could be seen burning through the roof of a building at Springfield Apartments in Durham Friday afternoon. Black smoke billowed into the air and flames damaged at least a dozen units on the first, second and third floors of the multi-unit structure. 

"The whole apartment was going up," said Eric Wyrick. He ran through the halls, beating on doors to alert his neighbors. 

More than 40 firefighters battled the fire through the afternoon. One suffered a minor injury, according to Deputy Chief Dan Curia of the Durham Fire Department, but no residents of the building were hurt. 

Many rushed out without grabbing any of their belongings. The Red Cross was providing food, shelter and clothing to the 34 residents who lost their homes. 

Kevin Waters was able to save one precious souvenir. A firefighter found his basketball signed by Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. "This is all I have to my name right now," he said.

The apartment community, near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and University drives, offers one- and two-bedroom units. According to the Springfield Apartments website, units rent for between $560 and $1,000, and the community includes tennis and raquetball courts, a swimming pool and a fitness center.

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  • Obamacare is back again Aug 31, 2012

    At least they can still play tennis. Too soon?

  • yankee1 Aug 31, 2012

    Hurry up folks, sign up for those apartments, great amenities. Well maybe not so much now! What an odd way to advertise an apartment complex. Can't wait to find the cause. That is if they will ever tell us what it was.

  • mmtlash Aug 31, 2012

    I'm thinking the amenities were listed as a filler for the article? I wonder if the news reporters reported on the amenities during the newscast lol

  • whoami Aug 31, 2012

    And anyone who pays $1,000 over there is getting royally steamrolled for a run-down poorly-kept community.

  • whoami Aug 31, 2012

    Who cares about the tennis, raquetball, pool, fitness center, and rent range? Are any of them on fire? Nope.

  • pedsRN Aug 31, 2012

    Hope no one was injured. American Red Cross is located very close by.

  • dontstopnow Aug 31, 2012

    This is a weird story. Apparently the writer stuck up a deal with the apartment to give them a bit of advertising along with the coverage of the fire...from the story: "According to the Springfield Apartments website, units rent for between $560 and $1,000, and the community includes tennis and raquetball courts, a swimming pool and a fitness center."

    Can't quite figure out what the rental price and ammenities has to do with this fire.... hummmmm