Apartments catch fire in Raleigh

Mat Mendez photo

January 9, 2010 3:20:18 PM PST
Firefighters battled flames and cold temperatures at an apartment complex at 6149 St. Giles Street Saturday.

The complex is in an area off Glenwood Avenue north of Creedmoor.

The call came in just before 9:30 a.m.

Heavy smoke and flame was pouring from the building as firefighters arrived. Pictures from the scene showed the blaze got through the roof and it was gutted. Officials say 12 apartment units are uninhabitable and ten occupants have been displaced.

One person was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters had to call in sand trucks to put salt down around their fire trucks because water rapidly turned into ice making for hazardous conditions.

Investigators say the cause of the fire was accidental. It began in a stove area when a resident left cooking unattended.

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