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Firefighters Investigate Chapel Hill Apartment Fire

Posted April 24, 2000

— Investigators in Chapel Hill have ruled out foul play as they try to determine what caused a fire that destroyed 12 apartments overnight.

The fire started around 10:30 p.m. Monday atFoxcroft Apartments, just off 15-501.

Investigators say once the fire reached the attic, it spread very quickly. Several fire departments were called out to battle the blaze, which simmered into Tuesday morning.

"It was so big and it was the kind of fire that you just can't throw some water at. It took a lot of water," says Robert Bosworth of the Chapel Hill Fire Department.

No one was hurt, although one person was rescued from the second story of the building.

Witnesses say at least 15 people are homeless as a result of the fire. The Red Cross has set up temporary arrangements for them at the Sheraton in Chapel Hill.

In the last few days, two other fires have damaged 19 apartments in the Triangle.

More than a dozen families were left homeless after a fire spread through theTimberlyne Apartmentsin Chapel Hill Friday morning. Investigators say the blaze was not electrical, but they do not know what caused it.

Monday morning, an electrical fire destroyed seven units at theBainbridge apartment complexin Durham. andJulie Moos

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