Massive fire engulfs downtown Raleigh construction site

Crews respond to four-alarm fire in Downtown Raleigh

Crews respond to four-alarm fire in Downtown Raleigh

Firefighters are battling a huge fire burning in downtown Raleigh.

The fire destroyed an apartment building that was still under construction called the Metropolitan.

WRAL-TV reports a five-story apartment building under construction in the city's downtown caught fire around 10 p.m., Eastern Time. The fire then quickly spread to several other surrounding buildings.

Nearby buildings and residents were being evacuated and it appeared power was knocked out in several nearby buildings. In addition to the firefighters, 25 apparatus helped work the fire.

An investigation into the fire hasn't begun yet, Fanning said.

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More than 15,000 people live within one mile of the state capital building and the growth in new residential housing is expected to attract almost 2,500 more people to downtown. One of them had their exterior windows crack, but the windows have been secured. Boulevard and Glenwood Avenue was closed between Wade Avenue and West Morgan streets as a result of the fire. Crews were still spraying the burnt structure with water at 5 extinguish any hot spots.

Seventeen floors of another building across the street from the blaze were also damaged, fire officials said.

There is no indication of anyone being trapped in the fire, nor is there any news of anyone being killed by it.

The Red Cross is mobilizing volunteers to assist those who have been displaced by the fire.

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