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Fire chief: Apex townhome blaze was accidental

Posted June 5, 2009 12:06 p.m. EDT
Updated June 5, 2009 6:11 p.m. EDT

— A fire at an Apex townhome complex was accidental and likely caused by some type of improperly discarded smoking material, the town's fire chief said Friday.

Flames spread through a building in the Bradley Terrace subdivision off Tingen Road Thursday afternoon, damaging three units. Three others also sustained water and smoke damage.

Chief Mark Haraway said the fire started on the back patio of one of the units.

Work crews were assessing damage to the building Friday morning as displaced residents tried to salvage belongings.

Samuel Purafoy said he was helping his daughter, who lives in one of the units, pack some of her things.

"I'm just here helping out, but I'm devastated," he said.

A local chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting residents, some of whom said they do not have renter's insurance.

Contractors on site Friday also said that because of the economic downturn in the housing market, contractors are flocking to disasters, like the fire, in an effort to get work.

"You start noticing people that are in new-home building start to get into the restoration business," said Brian Charlebois with Cary Reconstruction. "You see them pop up at fires while you're there."