NEW INFO: Fire At Greenville Apartment Complex

Investigators confirm that a grease fire caused Wednesday's apartment fire in Greenville.

The fire department says the resident noticed the grease fire on the stove and moved the pan to the sink and turned on the water. That just intensified the fire.

There are ten units in the building that caught fire at Concord Apartments. The fire department says people living in 3 of those units will be allowed to move back in, but the other seven units will need extensive renovations.

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Greenville firefighters say 25 to 30 people have been displaced after a fire damaged their apartment building Wednesday afternoon.

Fire units responded to Concord Apartments around 2:20 p.m. The complex is on Concord Drive, directly behind Wal-Mart.

The fire was brought under control in about 15 minutes.

The apartment complex owner says a resident in an upstairs apartment was cooking when grease caught fire. There are 10 apartments in the building.

There were no reports of any injuries.

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  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on Aug 13, 2009 at 08:57 AM
    PLEASE let this be a HUGE lesson in cooking related fires: NEVER try to put a grease or oil fire out with water. Turn off the stove, DO NOT move the pan, smother it a non-glass lid or baking soda, but NEVER EVER use water. I am very thankful that it appears that no one was injured in what could have been an extremely tragic accident. Hopefully, though the 7 apartments will need "extensive renovations", there will be some personal items that can be saved.
  • by Carol Location: Winterville on Aug 12, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    To ME from Martin Co...You make me proud to be a Martin Co native. Good advice! That could be us who lost our homes and possessions in a fire today. My heart goes out to these people. I intend to see what I can do to help out. I challenge others to do the same...just contact the Amer. Red Cross and they will give advice on what to do. That is a LOT of people to be displaced!!!
  • by karen Location: greenville on Aug 12, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    to me, thank you.
  • by Me Location: Martin Co on Aug 12, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    These comments go to show that some people have no compassion for anyone, nor do they have anything better to do than be sarcstic. Someone lost their home today. They are fortunate to not have lost their life. They probably lost everything they had as well. Instead of making a fuss, go to Walmart, Target, or wherever and pick up a gift card and donate it to help these people out. Better yet, go into your closet and take out any gently used clothing or home goods items and donate them to a local charity that might help these people. You could give to your local Red Cross, Goodwill, or Salvation Army. Everyone should do this as often as possible, bc you never know when you might be the one needing help. No one is immune to things like this.
  • by Anonymous Location: gvegas on Aug 12, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    People. wheres the compassion for the fire victims? Worried about walmart, some people are just ignorant
  • by Phillip Location: Greenville on Aug 12, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    Who would actually go to wal-mart?? Plus even if something happened to it, they can put another one up in 2 days.
  • by Me on Aug 12, 2009 at 12:20 PM
    Yes, please save Wal-Mart Mary so you do not have to come to our Wal-Mart in Washington. It's busy enough.
  • by Mary on Aug 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    Oh heavens, save the Walmart. I don't want to have to drive to the one in Washington.

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