Fire damages apartments near Crossroads Plaza

December 28, 2011 3:56:41 PM PST
Fire officials say ashes tossed into a cardboard box on a balcony ignited a fire in Raleigh late Wednesday morning. Fire and smoke ripped through an apartment building at the Enclave at Crossroads around 11:30 a.m.

Sixty firefighters responded and it took them about 40 minutes to get the fire under control.

"I heard some popping noises and smelled some fire but I didn't think anything of it at first because we had the fire going previously. Then, I heard popping noises and I got up from the couch and looked around and the next thing you know the whole porch was engulfed in flames," said Erin Grogan, the girlfriend of a displaced resident.

By the time firefighters arrived, most people had made it out of the building.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

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