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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Fire displaces 5 residents from apartment complex

Rebekah Thurston with the Wilmington Fire Department said crews were on the scene at 5:30 p.m. at 1020 Rankin Dr. due to an apartment fire. (Courtesy WFD)

WILMINGTON — A fire that started in a unit at James Walker Apartment complex Tuesday left five residents displaced and two seeking treatment at the hospital.

Rebekah Thurston with the Wilmington Fire Department said crews were on the scene at 5:30 p.m. at 1020 Rankin Dr. Firefighters contained the fire to the apartment of origin; however, smoke did permeate the building, Thurston said.

WFD escorted 12 other residents out of the building as well as a dog.

“One resident and one firefighter were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” she said.

(Courtesy WFD)

“We did pull two people out the ladder on the second floor, which was the fire floor,” she said.

The fire was extinguished before 7 p.m. and some residents were able to return to their homes. Thurston said the American Red Cross is helping the displaced.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

(Courtesy WFD)

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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