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Raleigh apartment engulfed in flames
The NBC station in the area is reporting a five-story building caught fire just after 10 p.m. About 30 minutes later - the fire had spread to another high-rise building.
WRAL (NBC) , WCNC 9:29 AM. EDT March 17, 2017
RALEIGH, N.C. — A massive fire in downtown Raleigh was extinguished early Friday morning, but the flames destroyed an apartment building that was under construction and damaged nine nearby buildings, five severely.
The six-story building at West Jones and North Harrington streets ignited around 10 p.m. The unfinished apartment building, called the Metropolitan, is adjacent to the Glenwood South restaurant and bar district.
A firefighter was injured by falling glass, according to fire officials, but the firefighter's injury was not considered life-threatening.
"I got out and I saw the fire, and I've just been looking at it," said Jeff Woodward, who was a bystander downtown. "It's incredible the amount of buildings that are burning over there.
"There's cars exploding up in the parking deck that are burning. I've never seen anything like this before."
Firefighters on Friday morning were still working to control hot spots, but the flames were out. Officials said 130 firefighters from the city and around Wake County battled the fire through the night.
Investigators have not yet been able to get to the building to determine the cause of the fire, but officials said that would likely happen in the middle of the day.