Raleigh fire crews extinguish massive downtown 5-alarm fire


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Firefighters battled a five-alarm fire in downtown Raleigh on Thursday night for more than three hours.

The fire was first reported shortly after 10 p.m. and was under control by 1:10 a.m., officials said.

Fire officials told CBS North Carolina the fire started in an apartment building under construction at 400 W North St.

Officials said the fire started on the third floor of the building and spread quickly because it was a wood construction.

The main building involved in the fire spread to four other buildings, according to Raleigh fire officials. No injuries have been reported at this time and there are no indications that anyone was trapped inside the building.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Capital Boulevard southbound from Wade Avenue to Peace Street, Hillsborough Street in both directions from Morgan Street to Dawson Street, and Glenwood Avenue in both directions between Wade Avenue and Morgan Street are all closed this morning.

The Red Cross mobilized volunteers to assist those who were displaced by the fire. A local church also opened as a shelter downtown.

Facebook is allowing those in the area to mark themselves safe in the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

More details will be added as they become available.


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