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Multiple Units Destroyed In Durham Apartment Complex Fire

Posted January 20, 2006

— At least 16 units were destroyed in a large fire at a Durham apartment complex Thursday.

Multiple units responded to the scene of a fire at Innesbrook Apartments

off of Fayetteville Road in Durham

at about 4:15 p.m. after neighbors said they heard an explosion that shook nearby buildings.

Keith King shot video while the fire was going on. He said he used to live in the apartments.

"I haven't seen a fire quite that big in a long time, so that's why I decide to get some footage of it. Plus, the fact that I live there at one point and it was so close to my house," he said.

Anthony White, who had moved into the apartments a week ago, said he took a quick trip to the mall and came home to his apartment being on fire.

"I'm just thinking I left at 4 o'clock and came back at 4:38 with my house being on fire. Other than that, I guess I'm in shock," he said.

Innesbrook Apartments is located on Tattersall Drive near Geneva Drive, just about a mile north of The Streets at Southpoint. Although firefighters had the fire under control, those who live in the apartment complex were not immediately being allowed inside the complex.

There were no reports of any injuries.

The afternoon fire was one of three in the Triangle on Thursday.

An early-morning fire destroyed 12 units at Cary's Westover Hills apartment complex. No one was injured, but a firefighter was taken to a local hospital and later released.

Thursday afternoon, firefighters were also called to a fire at Raleigh Garden Apartments in Raleigh, which started as a grease fire.

That fire caused damage to one unit, mostly smoke damage, but there was some residual smoke and water damage to nearby units. There were no reported injuries.


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