The two-alarm blaze gutted the Camden Crest Apartments off Glenwood Avenue and Lynn Road Saturday. The top two floors got the most damage. In all, 30 units were damaged or destroyed.
The heat was so intense the siding of the garage across the parking lot melted.
At one point, eyewitnesses remember hearing an explosion followed by even more flames launching through the roof.
Despite the size of those flames, none of the people who lived at the complex was injured. However, a firefighter was taken to the hospital for heat-related problems.
Neighbors say at least two dogs died in this fire
Monday night a lot of neighbors who own pets visited the scene, expressing concern about that.
Then the Garcia family showed up. They lost everything in the fire except what's left in their garage. Somehow their Maltese, named Andy, made it out of their first floor apartment alive.
"Man it was like a twist in your stomach knowing that you left him there and you were going to come back to a dead animal you know," said Danny Garcia. "That was pretty intense. I'm just grateful that he made it because by the looks of inside the apartment it looks like nothing can make it."
Garcia says he's staying at a hotel in Brier Creek. The Red Cross put him and a couple dozen other displaced people up at accommodations scattered across Raleigh.
The Red Cross is also helping people with food, money and medications.