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Authorities: Smoking Caused Fire at Chapel Hill Apartments

Four people were displaced Saturday after fire damaged three apartments in Chapel Hill just before 3:30 p.m.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Authorities said careless smoking caused a fire at a Chapel Hill apartment complex on Saturday afternoon.

A dropped cigarette sparked the fire in the pine straw and shrubs outside a building at the Bowling Wood Apartments on 500 Umstead Drive.

The fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. and quickly spread to the roof of the building, officials said.

Four people were displaced from several apartments that sustained upwards of $50,000 worth of damage, officials said.

No one was injured, authorities said.

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