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Investigators Try to Pinpoint Cause of Durham Building Fire

Posted May 31, 2007

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— Firefighters battled flames Thursday morning at a seven-story building in downtown Durham.

The fire occurred at around 4:30 a.m. in the penthouse of the Snow Building at 331 W. Main St.

Authorities said there were no injuries. The owner of the penthouse, the only residential part of the building, was out of town, they said. Officials said there was smoke and water damage in other parts of the building.

Defense attorney Mark Edwards spent most of the morning airing out damp files and computers. He said he has to get ready for a court hearing Thursday afternoon.

"I'm trying to get back to my real job instead of playing 'water sucker-upper,' " he said.

The Snow building was built in 1933. Durham Fire Marshal Julius Richmond said firefighters had ruled out an electrical cause for the fire and were investigating other possible causes.

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  • Deep Thought May 31, 2007

    At least WRAL can spell - here is the headline from WTVD
    "Apartments Destoryed in Durham Historic Building" (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=triangle&id=5354980)

    WTVD is the National Equirer of the local TV stations. They will get in the victim's face in a hearbeat.

  • Mad Baumer May 31, 2007

    New WRAL headline on slow news day. "Flames devour portions of Durham skyscaper, attorneys scrambling to wring out computers"

  • RTP May 31, 2007

    Technically the architectural definition of high-rise is over 6 stories, since way back in the day, that was. The accepted height by architects today is over 14. I see WRAL just changed it to building now. I am surprised the title earlier didn't say something like... "Flames erupt at Durham High Rise." WRAL likes to get every little drop of dramam out of any kind of story.

  • Here kitty kitty May 31, 2007

    Well it does rise high so I guess you can call it a high rise. It does make the story sound better. :)

  • Mad Baumer May 31, 2007

    Defense attorney Mark Edwards spent most of the morning, airing out damp files and computers. He said he has to get ready for a court hearing Thursday afternoon.

    "I'm trying to get back to my real job instead of playing water sucker-upper," he said.

    I can't wait to hire this guy. How profoundly he uses the English language. Hope I get in trouble soon so I can give him a tryer upper.

  • Professor Studley May 31, 2007

    The definition of a high rise... for those of you who don't know or understand... "The building itself is usually considered to be between 75ft to 491ft (23 m to 150 m). Buildings taller than 492ft (150 m) are classified as skyscrapers."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-rise

  • Irishiiiii May 31, 2007

    High Rise? I was expecting something more like the Towering Inferno.

  • Professor Studley May 31, 2007

    If I am not mistaken, because of where it is located it is a Commerical or Mixed-use bldg. Those buildings on that end of part of W. Main St. are very old and subject to electrical faults and fires.

  • bill52674 May 31, 2007

    In Durham it is...

  • Jimm57 May 31, 2007

    7 stories is a high rise?

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