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  • tarabunner34 Jan 29, 12:17 p.m.

    A cat is missing from one of the apartments and believed escaped. She is a long haired gray and white cat. Please notify Chapel Hill Authorities if you see her.

  • sophiemom Jan 28, 6:12 p.m.

    I lived in those apartments as a student at UNC in the 1970s. I cannot believe they are still standing.

  • iron fist Jan 28, 6:08 p.m.

    Condos or apartments? Terrible news for those affected I agree with those who stated it is important to have renters insurance, the Red Cross can help with housing for short term but without insurance they will have a difficult time starting over

  • whatelseisnew Jan 28, 6:02 p.m.

    "The Red Cross steps in for immediate action; insurance companies can take days, weeks, months, even years - to investigate and settle a case, and you're out in the cold all that time waiting for them.

    Some people are still trying to rebuild from the tornadoes that hit Sanford because they're waiting on actions of insurance companies."

    I guess that means you do not buy insurance. At least with that, the Government is not yet forcing you to buy it. I have never had a problem with a claim settlement. Not saying it does not happen, but insurance companies do pay out billions and billions and billions of dollars. Unlike the Federal Government bailout for Sandy, taxpayers are not saddled with paying for storm damage and they should NEVER have to pay for that. The Correct fix is for the Government to require insurance companies to pay all damages minus deductible. However, they also must allow the companies to CHARGE appropriate premiums.

  • liskm Jan 28, 6:01 p.m.

    Glad no loss of life (humans or pets). Years ago I happened upon condo fire in S. Village and witnessed firemen carrying out pets, an aquarium. Kudo's to them for caring for residents pet family members!
    As for some of the comments on here, you should be ashamed...

  • Fuquay Resident Jan 28, 4:27 p.m.

    If the fire started in the attic, it was most likely electrical. MAYBE somebody was smoking in the attic, MAYBE somebody had a meth lab in the attic, or MAYBE somebody was cooking bacon in the attic, but it's not likely.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 28, 4:16 p.m.

    right2life - "Another reminder to buy renter's insurance if you rent. Then, the Red Cross won't need to help you if this happens to you."

    The Red Cross steps in for immediate action; insurance companies can take days, weeks, months, even years - to investigate and settle a case, and you're out in the cold all that time waiting for them.

    Some people are still trying to rebuild from the tornadoes that hit Sanford because they're waiting on actions of insurance companies.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 28, 4:13 p.m.

    mojridingrb - "somebody forgot they were cooking bacon and burnt the entire building down ...pay attention peeps!!!"

    How do you know that? The story says, "Investigators weren't sure Monday morning what sparked the fire..."

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 28, 4:11 p.m.

    "A fire department spokeswoman said, however, that no animals died in the fire."

    Thank God for that, and that no one was hurt in this fire, including the emergency workers.

  • sjb2k1 Jan 28, 4:10 p.m.

    cannot stress enough the importance of renter's insurance.

  • zonk Jan 28, 2:24 p.m.

    There sure has been alot of apartment/condo fires around the Triangle lately. Kind of scary if you have to live in one.

  • Scubagirl Jan 28, 2:17 p.m.

    ok, I'll admit when I read wrong.....sorry jblake1932-you are correct :) I misread

  • mojridingrb Jan 28, 2:16 p.m.

    somebody forgot they were cooking bacon and burnt the entire building down ...pay attention peeps!!! well at least waffle house now has a few more customers

  • I know some stuff Jan 28, 2:04 p.m.

    wake up North Carolina...our building codes suck. With better fire barriers, we wouldn't destroy so many units.

  • Scubagirl Jan 28, 1:43 p.m.

    "Fire burns apartments in Chapel Hill". Ah, what else could have "burned" it, water. The journalism here never ceases to amaze me. jblake1932"

    well now let's see: house, car, barn, any number of things.

  • hp277 Jan 28, 1:28 p.m.

    Renters insurance is definitely a good idea - it's a very cheap way to offset the stupidity of your neighbors (grilling on the deck, smoking in bed, etc).

  • corey3rd2 Jan 28, 1:19 p.m.

    There could be an acid burn.

  • right2life Jan 28, 12:39 p.m.

    Another reminder to buy renter's insurance if you rent. Then, the Red Cross won't need to help you if this happens to you. A policy is cheap and will replace all your stuff. Even if you are careful, your neighbors may not be.

  • jblake1932 Jan 28, 12:27 p.m.

    "Fire burns apartments in Chapel Hill". Ah, what else could have "burned" it, water. The journalism here never ceases to amaze me.

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