Fayetteville condo fire displaces dozens
Posted March 28, 2012 5:51 a.m. EDT
Updated March 28, 2012 6:13 p.m. EDT
Fayetteville, N.C. — At least 29 people were displaced from a Fayetteville condominium building Wednesday morning after fire ripped through more than a dozen units, authorities said.
Fayetteville fire and emergency management officials responded to a call of a fire at 661 Barton's Landing Place, off Cliffdale Road, around 3:40 a.m. Wednesday.
When they arrived, fire had stretched over nine of 12 condos in one of the complex's three-story buildings, authorities said. Six of those units were heavily damaged, and it appeared that all 12 were no longer inhabitable.
Shannon Simmons was at home on the second floor when the fire erupted.
"I was sleeping in the bed with my boyfriend, and we woke up around 3:30 and we just saw flames outside the window, and we got an extinguisher. We tried to put it out, and we didn't realize it was coming from downstairs," she said. "We just ran outside and started knocking on doors to get everyone outside the building."
It took fire officials around two hours to put out the fire. Investigators said it appeared the fire started accidentally on a balcony, but the exact cause is unknown.
No one was killed or seriously hurt in the fire, according to the Fayetteville Fire Department. The American Red Cross provided shelter for displaced residents at the Innkeeper hotel on nearby Skibo Road.