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"Our biggest fear at an apartment complex fire is protecting life and protecting property," Battalion Chief Stephen Page told ABC11. "We're doing the best we can there - it's what we do every day so we train on it. This is what we're here for."
The fire happened at an apartment complex off Lynn Road on Riveroak Turn.
Just updated from raleigh fire: one person taken to burn unit at UNC. All Chief would say is that that person had a pulse on the way to the hospital. No word yet on how this fire started. #ABC11 #DEVELOPING pic.twitter.com/4Wh972ltM6— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) March 22, 2018
"When I look outside, then I saw a lot of police cars and firefighters, then I went outside to check what was happening and I realized there was smoke," said Ana Gonzalez. "I can tell they were like reviving somebody - they had like the IV bag. I was just thinking ... I don't know ... I hope that person is OK because I didn't know if somebody was going to survive or not."
Page said the victim was pulled from a bathroom in a first-floor unit and taken to the UNC Burn Center, where she was listed in critical condition.
The fire appeared to be contained to one apartment.
"I was kind of like scared - oh my God - I hope it's not in here because I didn't see first where it was," Gonzalez said. "It's a little scary because it could've been my building."
Firefighters are still unclear as to how the fire started.