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Man dies in apartment fire near NCSU

Posted January 21, 2018 3:02 p.m. EST
Updated January 21, 2018 6:16 p.m. EST

— One man died Sunday morning in an apartment fire near North Carolina State University, according to officials with the Raleigh Police Department.

Around 7:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire at the Summit at Avent Ferry apartment complex located in the 1000 block of Avent Hill, located off Avent Ferry Road near Lake Johnson.

Although multiple apartments were evacuated, the fire was contained to only one unit, where firefighters discovered a man's body.

Coraleisha Banks heard the alarms early Sunday morning, woke up her boyfriend, grabbed her dog and two cats and joined her neighbor.

"I helped her start knocking on people's doors to let them know there's smoke and fire somewhere, so that they could get out," Banks said.

Authorities did not identify the man who died, but neighbors said they saw the man nearly every day. Neighbor Joanne McIver said he was "extremely polite" and someone she would be proud to call her son.

Neighbors said the man worked two jobs, including one at a pizza place, and lived alone with his dog.

Two dogs were also killed in the fire, authorities said.

Neighbors were allowed to return to their apartments Sunday afternoon. Authorities said no additional units were damaged in the fire.

"Just smudges or soot or whatever in there, but nothing is burned up or anything," Banks said.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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