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Fire marshal: Dryer caused Chapel Hill apartment fire

Posted February 14, 2010 8:06 a.m. EST

— Investigators determined that a dryer caused a an early morning fire at an apartment building at 425 Hillsborough St. Sunday.

A resident who lives above the laundry in Apartment Building 13 smelled smoke and heard an odd noise, then called 911 shortly before 2 a.m., according to a report by Assistant Fire Marshal Dace Bergen.

About 17 firefighters evacuated residents from the building and extinguished the fire in about 5 minutes, the report says. Orange County EMS and Chapel Hill police also responded.

The fire caused an estimated $3,000 worth of damage. No injuries were reported.