RALEIGH, NC —
Raleigh firefighters battled a massive fire in the northern part of downtown Thursday night.
Officials said a firefighter was injured after glass fell onto his chest. Roughly 130 firefighters were called to fight the fire. Ten buildings were damaged; five sustained severe damage.
“WE ARE TIRED.”
The fire ignited shortly before 10 p.m. at 400 W. North St., where the Metropolitan apartment complex was still being built.
Stunned Raleigh residents and visitors poured out onto sidewalks and streets as the massive blaze filled the area with heavy smoke. The smoky haze is expected to linger for days.
Several major roads through downtown Raleigh were closed early Friday morning, and as many as 230 customers lost power in nearby buildings.
Six floors of the nearby 204-unit Link apartments were damaged, and 17 floors of the 44-condo Quorum Center were partially damaged, according to fire officials. The League of Municipalities building sustained damage to five floors.
Eyewitnesses said it appeared the fire ignited on the second floor, though police and fire officials have not yet made such a determination.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.