Shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday night, Raleigh Fire and Police Department personnel responded to the 400 block of W. North Street in connection with a multi-alarm fire.
Flames and smoke could be seen for blocks around the incident. The main building that was engulfed was an apartment building under construction. Surrounding businesses and buildings were evacuated for safety and roads were closed to help firefighters respond. Buildings surrounding the blaze sustained damage and a construction crane being used at the work site collapsed.
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By 1:30am, the fire was under control with crews still working on a few small hot spots into Friday morning. Fire units from surrounding areas sent help to the Raleigh Fire Department stations that were working the active fire. One firefighter was injured by falling debris and five others were treated and released for smoke inhalation. Raleigh Fire Chief John McGrath said the fire was the largest fire the city has seen since the 1920’s and that the investigation is just getting started.