Durham apartment fire injures one, displaces 30
Posted September 30, 2011 5:27 a.m. EDT
Updated September 30, 2011 12:22 p.m. EDT
Durham, N.C. — One person was injured in an overnight fire at a Durham apartment complex, which destroyed about a dozen units and displaced 30 people, authorities said Friday morning.
The fire started in the basement of a building in the Bridges at Southpoint complex, at 7304 Calibre Park Drive, at about midnight and worked its way up to the third floor of the buildings, authorities said.
"There was such a significant amount of fire inside the structure that the damage inside the structure is pretty extensive," said Dan Curia, deputy chief with the Durham Fire Department. "We've had a collapse of one floor into another floor."
One woman was taken to Duke University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A firewall prevented the fire from spreading to half of the apartment building, authorities said.
Investigators were combing through the building on Friday to try to determine the cause of the fire. They said they believe it was accidentally sparked near a bedroom.
Complex managers said all renters are required to have insurance, so everyone whose apartment was damaged in the fire is covered.
Displaced residents will be moved to other units in the complex or a nearby complex owned by the same company, managers said.
Managers said they hope residents would be able to return to the units that weren't damaged in the building. They were waiting on inspectors to allow them back in Friday.
Some residents were trying to find pets that had been missing since the fire, authorities said.