WILMINGTON — Black smoke billowed near Randall Drive and Kerr Avenue Sunday evening, due to a fire at Mill Creek Apartment complex.
First responders were on the scene by 6:30 p.m. It’s unclear how the blaze started, but according to one resident, the fire seemed to be extinguished by around 8:15 p.m.
“Half of the top of the building is completely gone, barely any framing left,” Steven Myre said.
Myre lives next door to the building that was aflame.
“By the time I heard the fire trucks coming down the street, the entire top floor apartment was already engulfed,” he told Port City Daily.
He said it looked as if the side of the building, located near the office, had melted.
While several ambulances were on the scene, Myre was unsure if anyone was hurt. Though he said he saw a firefighter escorting one gentleman away from the area, guitar in hand.
“I assume probably the one thing he could grab quickly and get out,” Myre said.
Sokesperson Rebekah Thurston from the Wilmington Fire Department confirmed crews — aided by New Hanover County Fire Rescue — rescued one person and saved two cats and a dog from a second-floor balcony. The person was transported to the hospital and is suspected to be OK.
Thurston said 11 residents and 11 pets are displaced from the building, which remains uninhabitable.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
View videos of the smoke here, courtesy of Kimberly Baker.
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