GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – One building of a Greenville apartment complex was heavily damaged in an afternoon fire.
The fire broke out around 4:25 p.m. at Westpointe Apartments off Stantonsburg Road.
Flames were through the roof of one apartment building that has at least eight apartments. A large part of the roof has collapsed.
Three aerial fire trucks were putting water on fire when WITN arrived. The smoke and flames from the fire could be seen from across town.
Resident Carlos Boyd who said he lives in apartment 6 on the second floor said he was playing a video game when he smelled smoke. Boyd said he then looked out the window, saw smoke grabbed everything he could, and hurried to get out.
“Thank God nobody was in there, that nobody was asleep,” Boyd said. “My first reaction was just to get out, grab what I could, and get out.”
Battalion Chief David Brown said that the fire was mostly out around 6:30 p.m. with crews still hitting hot spots. Brown said that he is not aware of any injuries and that several residents had been displaced. The American Red Cross was helping those affected by the fire.
Brown says he just feels for everyone as he described the fire as “an unfortunate situation.”
“Fires are very devastating,” Brown said. “It’s very frighting to have a fire inside your home. Our hearts go out to these people, we do the best that we can to help mitigate it.”
Boyd says witnessing the fire firsthand was shocking to say the least.
“It was terrifying,” Boyd said. “I’ve never seen anything like this before in my first or it never being so closed to home. It was terrifying.”
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