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Fire damages Apex townhomes

Posted June 4, 2009 3:01 p.m. EDT
Updated June 5, 2009 11:28 a.m. EDT

— A fire at an Apex townhome complex destroyed six units Thursday afternoon, fire officials said

Authorities said the fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. at a residence at 118 Anterbury Drive in the Bradley Terrace subdivision off Tingen Road.

Apex Fire Chief Mark Haraway said the fire was contained to one building containing six units. Three were heavily damaged by the fire, and three others sustained damage from water and smoke. Firefighters left the scene by 10:30 p.m.

Residents were allowed to enter and collect belongings from their damaged units if they were deemed safe enough.

The fire also sparked a fire in a wooded area behind the building, Haraway said.

Firefighters rescued a dog from one of the units after they heard him barking in his crate.

There were no injuries.

Haraway said the cause could be carelessly discarded smoking materials, like a cigarette or match. The investigation is focused on the back porch area of the residence.

A local chapter of the American Red Cross was assisting the residents displaced by the fire.

“It was just smoke, black smoke everywhere,” resident Fati LaFramboise said. She lives in the middle of the building.

LaFramboise’s downstairs was covered in water and her upstairs was covered in flames.

“They said my upstairs is really damaged, so I lost everything I own,” LaFramboise said.

She moved into her home May 1 and had just gotten her bed into the townhome.