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Rex Healthcare construction site catches fire

Posted September 18, 2008
Updated September 19, 2008

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— Investigators were trying to determine what sparked a fire at the site where Rex Healthcare is building a new ambulatory care center in Knightdale.

Firefighters went to the facility at about 9 p.m. Thursday after a stack of insulation on the roof caught fire.

No one was injured. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Knightdale Fire Chief Timothy Guffey said fighting the flames was not the biggest issue for his firefighters. The real problem was getting to the fire.

"(It's) a new building. It's hard to make access to the roof, and (there's) no attached stairwell from one floor to the next," he said.

With no stairs, the firefighters climbed construction ladders to get to the top of the building and extinguish the fire.

The fire did not do any structural damage to the building, Guffey said, and construction should be on track so the building can open in May 2009.

Rex Healthcare broke ground on the 63,000-square-foot center on April 17. The $9.6 million facility is at the intersection of Interstate 540 and U.S. Highway 64.

It will provide urgent care, laboratory services, X-rays, digital mammography, a mobile CT unit, a sleep lab and a wound-healing center. Physicians will have offices there, too.

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  • uncalumni02 Sep 19, 2008

    thanks crytalpoo!

  • Shrimpbait Sep 19, 2008

    I just heard a whole bunch of sirens again (sounded like a repeat of last night). Wonder if the noncombustible insulation combusted again...?

  • crytalpoo Sep 19, 2008

    The one across from Applebee's, in the Widewaters Shopping Center.

  • uncalumni02 Sep 19, 2008

    Is Rex the one across from Applebee's? Or the one across from the gas station?

  • rafiki Sep 19, 2008

    Redneck_Bob....you are tooo funny! I needed something to crack me up.

  • crytalpoo Sep 19, 2008

    It is the Rex building. Duke is being built further down 64 and on the opposite side of the road.

  • Scubagirl Sep 19, 2008

    my friend from Knightdale just told me this is NOT the Rex healthcare building but rather the new Duke facility. says she told WRAL.
    I dont' know either way, just passing info along (hope it's correct)

  • Jimm57 Sep 19, 2008

    "Firefighters went to the facility at about 9 p.m. Thursday after a stack of insulation on the roof caught fire.

    I thought insulation was nearly fire proof. How would insulation catch fire, unless it had some accelerant on it lit by someone....?

    Jewish lightning?

  • Scubagirl Sep 19, 2008

    was thinking the same thing

  • Redneck_Bob Sep 19, 2008

    It's a conspiracy by Duke and Wakemed to keep Rex out of the area.
    In other words, it's a turf war among the healthcare providers in the area.