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Early Morning Fire Destroys Apartment Complex

Posted December 31, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST

— An early morning fire off Six Forks and Sandy Forks Roads in Raleigh has left residents of an apartment complex homeless.

Police believe the fire started about 3:30 a.m. Saturday in one of the end-unit apartments at 6603 The Lakes.

No one was seriously hurt, police say, and everyone was able to escape. One woman did suffer a minor injury, however.

Resident Angela Poykin said someone came knocking on people's doors to alert them. "We were asleep and we heard someone knocking, saying 'Fire, fire! Get out!'...I opened the door and all this smoke hit us in the face....We just grabbed the first things we could and got out."

Apartment managers are working to find new homes for the displaced families.

Cory Zaner and his fiance barely escaped the fire, and were awakened by their 10-month-old Labrador retriever Bud.They say they lost everything -- including Bud, which they believe to be missing.

The dog, weighing about 50 pounds, was not wearing a leash or collar, both of which were taken off before the Zaners went to bed.

Anyone who finds Bud is asked to call Zaner at 787-2300, the number for the Comfort Inn at which they are staying.