A massive late-night fire engulfed an apartment building under construction in North Carolina’s capital city, sending sparks and ash into the sky. About 10 other buildings were damaged by the fire, five of them severely, area news outlets reported. One firefighter was hurt by falling glass, but no other injuries were reported.
The fire began shortly after 10 p.m. last Thursday in the six-story building in downtown Raleigh. The fire was under control about three hours later, although firefighters were still dealing with hot spots late Friday morning.
Pedro Tapiak told the News and Observer of Raleigh that spreading flames caused a construction crane at the complex to collapse. Residents of nearby apartments were jolted awake by noise and light from the flames.
Investigators were not able to get into the wreckage to determine the cause of the fire.