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Three children, two adults injured in Raleigh motel fire

Posted January 12, 2015

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— Three children and two adults were transported to a hospital Monday afternoon after a fire at the Raleigh Inn on Maitland Drive.

Improperly discarded smoking material on a mattress inside a second floor room caused the fire, which was reported just after 3:30 p.m., according to a Raleigh fire report. The room was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, Raleigh Assistant Fire Chief Kendall Holcutt said.

"As soon as I opened the door, boom, the glass popped from the room next door to me," said Edna Love, a motel patron. "Smoke was coming in on my dog, myself and my husband. And I hurried up and got some clothes on real quick and got the heck out."

Some inside the motel barely made it out with the clothes on their backs. About 55 people were displaced.

"Some of my kids don't have shoes on. No coat. It's cold out here," said April Ngom, who was staying at the motel with her four children. "Somebody just banged on the door and said the hotel was on fire and we all just ran out."

Three rooms sustained damage. Five people were rescued from the third floor. The building did not have a sprinkler system, Holcutt said.

"The building does have a firewall. If we can secure the utilities and make sure everything is safe, we may be able to relocate a few people back into the building tonight," he said.

The five people injured were hospitalized for minor smoke inhalation, said Brent Myers, medical director for Wake County EMS.

About 10 percent of the building was damaged, the report said. Officials ruled the fire accidental. 

"This is very frustrating and upsetting, especially when you've been staying here this long and you don't know what's going to happen," said Meghan Berry, a motel patron.


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  • dbop90 Jan 13, 2015

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    Yeah welcome to the real world dude, lots of people have to live in motels, run down ones at that.

  • Rico Davis Jan 13, 2015
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    Please name one hotel/motel that is taxpayer subsidize?

  • kwandle Jan 13, 2015

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    Have you honestly never heard of poor folks living in motels?! Get out more often. This is a sad reality for many people because they cannot save up enough for first and last month's rent. Tax payer subsidized? Um...no.

  • jimcricket15 Jan 13, 2015

    I saw this on the news. In the report it sounded like some of these folks are permanent residents. Is this a typical motel or some kind of taxpayer subsidized facility? Good news that no one was killed and the people only had minor smoke inhalation.