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Arson suspected in Raleigh apartment fire

Posted August 5, 2011

— Fire investigators say arson could be to blame for an early-morning Raleigh apartment fire that has left 12 people without a home.

The fire started around 5 a.m. at the Trees and Leaves Apartments, at 1319 Kent Road. Four apartments were destroyed, and three others were damaged by smoke. Twelve people were displaced. 

One person was injured after he jumped from a window. He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for cuts to his knee and possible burns.

A firefighter also hurt his wrist when he fell, authorities said.

Arson suspected in Raleigh apartment fire Arson suspected in Raleigh apartment fire

Investigators provided few details on the case but said that they were looking for a male suspect and that a dog sniffed out an accelerant.

Earlier Friday, a source said the fire was the result of an argument between a married couple and that a 5-gallon can of gasoline was found at the scene.


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  • koolbike1 Aug 5, 2011

    Those apartments are all one story, ground level. I think they have 2 windows in each. How did anyone get hurt jumping out of a window?

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 5, 2011

    "Earlier Friday, a source said the fire was the result of an argument between a married couple and that a 5-gallon can of gasoline was found at the scene."

    If that's the truth, that person needs to be charged with one count of attempted murder for each and every person that was in that building at the time.

    There's no excuse for this behavior. None at all.

  • mabachew Aug 5, 2011

    US VET:

    tr.v. crim·i·nal·ized, crim·i·nal·iz·ing, crim·i·nal·iz·es
    1. To impose a criminal penalty on or for; outlaw.
    2. To treat as a criminal.

  • US VET Aug 5, 2011


  • ProudBlackSingleMother Aug 5, 2011

    Hell hath no fury like a man scorned.

  • anne53ozzy Aug 5, 2011

    My nephew is a firefighter. These people who either by negligence or intent put these men and women in harm's way need to be criminalized in a severe manner.

  • bombayrunner Aug 5, 2011

    gosh ... lotta fires lately. Raleigh is such a pretty city, hard to tell the rough areas by outward appearance. But this is a bad area ... go there at night, creeps all over.

  • lorenait Aug 5, 2011

    FD Chief needs to investigate.. We seem to have 2 or 3 apartment fires a month.. Never seen this before in the 15 years I have lived in Raleigh. What are the odds?

  • MudLife Aug 5, 2011

    This is crazy! Sorry for the people that lost their home and things. But really an argument? You do know that their apartments and not seperate homes. Not only did you put the person that you argued with out of a house but you put 11 others that you probably didn't know out as well and now they have nothing. Someone could've died because of your stupidity. Children to wow just obsurd.

  • lucky22 Aug 5, 2011

    That is a rough area over there. Sorry that people lost their homes and belongings.