Sunday Morning Fire Forces Families Out of High Point Apartments

11:46 PM, Feb 21, 2010   |    comments
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High Point, NC -- A large fire early Sunday morning left twelve families homeless.

Fire crews responded to an apartment fire at the Hunter's Point Complex shortly after 5:00 a.m.

The complex is located off Shadow Valley Road near Highway 311 on the Davidson County line.

"We screamed fire.  We knocked on people's doors trying to get everyone we could out," said Richard Blackwell, who lives in the complex.

The fire department started evacuating neighbors shortly after 5:00 am.  At first evacuating one building and then telling neighbors in an adjoining building to leave as a precaution.

A fire-wall kept the fire from burning into the second building.

"We just started leaving and running out of the doors and we saw a big huge fire coming through the apartments," said Blackwell.

WFMY News 2 cameras captured the fire burning from the roof. Denita Lynch with the High Point Fire Department tells us they believe the fire started in a second floor apartment of Building 2225. Investigators are working to determine the cause but neighbors already have their suspicions.

"We think it could have been candles but we don't know for sure," said Teresa Lance.

The fire injured two people and displaced twelve families.   Neighbors mentioned one injury possibly involving the woman who lived in the apartment where the fire started.

"They say the girl that was in the apartment that caught fire got burned and was transported to the hospital," said Lance, who stayed in the apartment across the hall.


The American Red Cross teamed up with owners from the apartment complex, today to help relocate those displaced families.

Meanwhile, according to Lynch,  the Fire Marshall says the building is still not safe enough to go inside for further investigation.  He is expected to interview neighbors this week.  Lynch says the investigation remains ongoing.

Stay with and WFMY News 2 for updates.

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