Cause Of Jacksonville Apartment Complex Fire Released

Investigators say an electrical problem caused a fire that heavily damaged one building of a Jacksonville apartment complex last week.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the blaze at Carolina Place Apartments on Western Boulevard Extension under control last Thursday. No one lives at the complex as it is still under construction.

Fire Marshal John Reed Chief says an independent inspector confirmed this week that the fire started from an electrical issue in the attic.

He tells WITN News that all of the other buildings have since been re-inspected for the same problem and all are good now.

The complex had been inspected by the city's engineering staff, but had yet to be gone through by the fire department for its occupancy permit.

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Flames this afternoon leaped from the roof of an apartment complex that was under construction in Jacksonville.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the blaze at Carolina Place Apartments on Western Boulevard Extension under control. The fire was reported around 2:10 p.m. and no one yet lives in the complex.

Authorities say the fire started in the attic of one of the buildings being built and quickly spread damaging 6 to 8 units. Sprinklers worked in the rest of the building, but there are none in the attic.

An additional shift of firefighters as well as volunteer firefighters were called in to help battle the blaze.

An eyewitness, who was working on the building next door, tells WITN reporter Carly Swain that they noticed smoke coming out of the top of the building around 2:00 p.m.

The fire marshal says they had the fire under control by 2:45 p.m. and there were no injuries.

Ironically, the fire department had planned to soon inspect the new complex for its occupancy permit, but officials say with today's fire that will delay things some six to eight weeks.

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  • by jerry Location: kinston on Nov 3, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    well i wonder if the inspector REALLY inspected get my drift?
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      by 250 on Nov 3, 2011 at 04:52 PM in reply to jerry
      Of course they did. Silly question. They signed off the "paperwork".
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Nov 3, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    My wife and I have watched these fold A into slot B homes and apartments go up all over since arriving here 87. I'd be willing to bet these vacant apartments would have been passed with just a quick glimpse. I am with Really mindset on this. My home was built when men were proud of their trade and honesty was still on the landscapes of the labor pools.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    I'm sure the people will be busting down the doors to move in, LOL
  • by Really Location: Richlands on Nov 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    Hmmm... "The complex had been inspected by the city's engineering staff" now doesn't this make everyone in Onslow county feel more secure and confident that their home was inspected and due diligence was performed!!!

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