Crews arrived to the complex on Pridwen Circle, off New Bern Avenue near Interstate 440, around 5 a.m.
The small fire in the stairwell was quickly extinguished. Only one unit was damaged. No one was hurt.
A sprinkler system at the complex also reportedly helped put out the fire.
A firefighter at the scene stated that the vinyl siding on the building had melted. They also said the fire stemmed from what appeared to be a discarded cigarette.