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Raleigh apartment fire displaces 19

Posted March 15, 2011

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— An early morning fire Tuesday at Mission Capital Crossing apartments displaced 19 people, including six children, authorities said.

No one was injured in the blaze at 4724 Dansey Drive, which began around 2:50 a.m. The cause of the fire was under investigation, but authorities said foul play is not suspected.

Approximately 65 firefighters responded and found "heavy fire visible from both floors at the rear of the apartment," according to a Raleigh Fire Department incident report. Eight apartments were deemed uninhabitable.

Resident Katrina Lodge said she lost everything in the fire, even her car keys. She described the scene as the fire spread.

"I went to the back door, and I couldn't do it," she said. "The flames (were) coming inside, and I didn't want to touch the door, because I was afraid to get burned, or the flames could come rushing in."

The Red Cross is assisting people who were displaced.

Katrina Lodge 19 displaced in Raleigh apartment fire

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  • StrongOpinion Mar 16, 2011

    Hey, why don't you go to your local fire department and fill out an application to volunteer your time? You need to experience what a firefighter goes through. Last time I checked, every firefighter I know bust their tail to get out of bed, runs as fast as they can to the engine, and with knowing exactly where they are going because of continually studying the district, gets there very quickly but safely. There are more people that complain about a firefighters fast driving than the ones that understand that they are trying to get there ASAP to save life and property.

  • dragonslayer Mar 15, 2011

    why bother having a paid fire dept when all these fires happen and so much is still lost? do these depts ever save anything? especially since there was a paid fire dept 1/2 mile from this fire and still 16 are homeless...all that money that can be saved by having volunteers do the same work as the paid guys ...
    curiousinralnc

    The City has 28 Engines 8 Ladders 3 Rescues 4 Battalion Chiefs 1 Division Chief and a mobile air unit. With approx. 160 people assigned to them per day, 24 hours a day ,365 days a year. I want to see you staff that with volunteers. It aint happening !!!
    These apartments were built in 1985 and have no fire protection at all . It wasnt required when they were built.

  • Squirreling Dervish Mar 15, 2011

    curiousinralnc

    The fire department was 1/4 a mile from my house and 5 engines where there in under 5 minutes. Not good enough. We still lost 87% of what we had because we have siding on the condo that spread the fire QUICKLY. Can you fathom that? Plus we had a alarm system that called the fire department. In less than 3 minutes our place was ENGULFED. It takes no time.

  • Justin T. Mar 15, 2011

    The key issue with apartments in North Carolina is that the building codes allow cheap and shoddy practices that allow buildings to go up in flames very quickly. For example, North Carolina allows beams in homes to be made of 2x4s connected with staples. Most states require 2x10s or 2x8s. Using 2x4s as beams allows the structures to burn very quickly and potentially leads to an increased risk of death to the occupants.

    Another example is "speed wiring". This when the wires are not screwed down on sockets but simply pressed into an attachment hole. North Carolina allows speed wiring, most other states do not. Speed wiring is a fire hazard because it usually only takes 5 or 6 years for wiring to "work themselves out". This also leads to downstream strings of dead electrical connection sockets in homes. (westernwake1 is correct... the NC Homebuilders' Association is the most powerful lobby in the state. They're the same group successfully fighting residential sprinklers.)

  • jrbass81 Mar 15, 2011

    also I forgot to add I am glad that no one was injured. Thoughts and prayers go out to all involved.

  • jrbass81 Mar 15, 2011

    curiousinralnc- I can tell you have no clue what goes on in the fire service. Do yourself a favor and go to your nearst dept fire safety day and watch some of the fire demonstrations that they do and then firgure out how long it takes for the Fire Dept, paid or vol, to be dispatched compared to how long it takes for a room to go up in flames. The paid guys still save more then the volunteers would in most cases. Oh and btw the vol departments these days have paid staff during the day time hours so the volunteers can go to their regular jobs and provide for their familes.

  • westernwake1 Mar 15, 2011

    Let me also say that my best wishes and prayers go out to the families that were displaced by this fire. Thankfully no one was injured in the blaze.

  • westernwake1 Mar 15, 2011

    The key issue with apartments in North Carolina is that the building codes allow cheap and shoddy practices that allow buildings to go up in flames very quickly. For example, North Carolina allows beams in homes to be made of 2x4s connected with staples. Most states require 2x10s or 2x8s. Using 2x4s as beams allows the structures to burn very quickly and potentially leads to an increased risk of death to the occupants.

    Another example is "speed wiring". This when the wires are not screwed down on sockets but simply pressed into an attachment hole. North Carolina allows speed wiring, most other states do not. Speed wiring is a fire hazard because it usually only takes 5 or 6 years for wiring to "work themselves out". This also leads to downstream strings of dead electrical connection sockets in homes.

  • wildcat Mar 15, 2011

    God bless this family. Thanks to the Red Cross and others for helping them.

  • rdmcswai Mar 15, 2011

    Curiousinralnc - I guess since you're so keen on that idea you'd be willing to give up several hours of your day, every day, and volunteer to risk your life putting out fires and saving others lives?

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