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Raleigh apartment fire sends 7 to hospital

Posted January 25, 2013

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— Seven people were being treated for smoke inhalation Friday night after a fire in an apartment building near North Carolina State University, authorities said.

The fire started in a ground-floor apartment at the Mission Valley Apartments complex, on Centennial Parkway, at about 4 p.m.

"I started hearing people scream, 'Fire, fire!' That's when I started smelling smoke. I opened my door and all the smoke just started billowing through," said Eamonn Frier.

He lives on the top floor and had to crawl to safety. "Trying to stay below the smoke because it was so thick. I couldn't even see two feet in front of me," Frier said.

Four people were taken to Rex Hospital, and two others were taken to WakeMed, authorities said. All six, including a Raleigh police officer, were being treated for smoke inhalation.

Frier said he saw an officer enter the building as he was coming out. "He put his gas mask on and he went in and, by what I hear, he got a few people out of there."

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Another, resident, a woman, was taken to a hospital later when she complained of shortness of breath.

Authorities began allowing some residents back into the building shortly before 7 p.m., but they declared dozens of units uninhabitable. The American Red Cross established a staging area at a nearby Burger King to assist people displaced by the fire.

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  • Schwoogie Jan 29, 2:47 p.m.

    I used to live out there and in the main building 705 a lady started a fire on the bottom floor. I was going grocery shopping on a Sunday and she asked me to help. I told her to call 911, but she had no phone, so I gave her my keys and told her to call 911 from my apartment. I stopped the building from burning down and never tried to get credit. I just went on my way to grocery shopping. It's dumb how everyone has to be a hero.

  • johnny2times Jan 25, 7:31 p.m.

    good job officers! Officers do this all the time so its nice to see it recognized....see not all officers are "bad apples".

  • thatguy09 Jan 25, 7:26 p.m.

    The police officer didn't just knock on doors, but kicked doors in prior to the arrival of RFD. Great job by all who responded and saved lives

  • SaveEnergyMan Jan 25, 7:19 p.m.

    Other reports say that the police officer went in and knocked on doors to get residents out. Good job officer! You are a great example of "to protect and serve".

  • thatguy09 Jan 25, 6:50 p.m.

    That police officer is a hero

  • Scubagirl Jan 25, 6:23 p.m.

    Glad everyone got out safely.....

    That said..the reporter was interviewing a tenant outside the apartments and said "So you got out OK?" Seriously??? She's TALKING TO HIM FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!! OF COURSE he got out OK. smh

  • monkeyboy Jan 25, 5:26 p.m.

    "A Mission Valley resident said the woman who lives in the apartment that caught fire told her she didn't know how the blaze started."

    now that, THAT, is news. seriously, was there a minimum word-count this story had to hit?