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Investigators: Discarded smoking material caused apartment fire

Investigators determined that smoking material improperly discarded at the entrance to a laundry room caused a fire in an apartment building in the Woods of North Bend complex, on Shanda Drive, Thursday morning.

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Crews battled an apartment fire at Woods of North Bend on Shanda Drive Thursday morning. The blaze began just before 5 a.m., and crews had it under control by 6:30 a.m.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Investigators determined that improperly discarded smoking material caused a fire at north Raleigh apartment complex that took nearly two hours to bring under control Thursday morning.

A resident called in the fire in a 16-unit building in the Woods at North Bend complex, 6305 Shanda Drive, at 4:46 a.m., according to an incident report. Firefighters found heavy flames and smoke pouring from both stories of the building when they arrived. Forty firefighters worked to bring the fire under control shortly after 6:30 a.m.

A quarter of the building sustained significant fire and smoke damage, the report said. No one was injured.

Fire investigator Lt. G.A. Williams ruled the fire accidental and said it was caused by smoking material improperly discarded at the entrance to the laundry room.

The report says that the building had a smoke detector but no sprinklers.

Last July, a fire at the Woods at North Bend apartment complex left 16 units uninhabitable. Fire officials also deemed that blaze an accident.


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