Battalion Chief: Greenville Apartment Fire Intentional

Firefighters say their investigation into an apartment complex fire in Greenville shows the blaze was intentional.

Battalion Chief Eric Griffin tells WITN: "The Police Department has joined us in the investigation and they're going to be interviewing people throughout the week, and probably somewhere in the middle of the week, we will have a little more information."

A dog chained up in the backyard of the apartment complex on Frontgate Drive off Tobacco Road was a casualty in the fire. No people were injured.

Four apartments were destroyed, and four others were damaged.

Four apartments were destroyed and four others damaged in Friday's fire, which was extinguished around 7:00 p.m. at a Greenville apartment complex.

The Red Cross is providing housing for residents of the apartment complex on Frontgate Drive off Tobacco Road.

No one was injured in the fire.

Firefighters are also still investigating the cause.

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Firefighters have contained a blaze at a Greenville apartment complex.

The fire broke out around 5:15 p.m. at apartments on Frontgate Drive, that's off of Tobacco Road.

Interim fire chief Sandy Harris tells WITN that they have the fire contained, but not out yet. He says they don't believe anyone was still inside, but they haven't been able to get to two of the apartments yet.

Harris says there is major structural damage to the building, which contains four apartments. All residents of the apartment complex have been evacuated and rescue crews are handling out blankets. The chief says the challenge for them now is rotating fire crews, as they are working very hard in the bitter cold temperatures.

Heavy smoke was visible from the intersection of Greenville Boulevard and Memorial Drive.

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  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 10, 2010 at 04:47 PM
    Sad but somebody ticked another person off big time or so it would seam.might be hard to find out with the don't snitch policy and if they do find out who did you can believe the won't own much.
  • by lee Location: greenvile on Jan 10, 2010 at 12:13 PM
    as far as i know there was no one inside but the fire all started by some kids that lived in the top apartment , i'm sorry that the year started that way but that's the price you pay when children are left alone in a apartment unattended . may god go all to all those that was affected by this fire . just pray and everything will be alright.
  • by Patty on Jan 10, 2010 at 06:05 AM
    So thankful everyone was able to get out....and glad there are 4 more places to move into. Where can we bring furniture,clothes, etc??? Glad Kivia is well..
  • by KT Location: Greenville on Jan 9, 2010 at 09:43 PM
    Great job on the story by Brittany. I feel bad for the displaced residents.
  • by Thankful PCMH RN on Jan 9, 2010 at 07:42 PM
    Thank you to the Firefighters, EMS and Police department employees that serve in these tragic situations. The frigid weather yesterday makes me more appreciative. This group of dedicated professionals respond with no questions ask. I am proud to say they are the same professionals that report to PCMH emergency department while serving our population. I proud to work with all of you. Thank you for the risk you guys take everyday to protect us.
  • by jeff Location: Winterville on Jan 9, 2010 at 07:29 PM
    Aunt B, you are funny. It's sad that a dog had to die the way it did. If I witnessed a fire in my community, I will help my neighbors and their pets. To JD, just clean with bleach and water and get rid of all food sources in your house. The roaches will either go somewhere else or die of starvation.
  • by Aunt B Location: Greenville on Jan 9, 2010 at 03:04 PM
    To JD location Gville, perhaps if you spent more time cleaning your place instead of messing on the internet, you would not have to worry about roaches.
  • by al Location: nc on Jan 9, 2010 at 12:11 PM
    Someone was mad at someone else.
  • by easy street on Jan 9, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    thats one way to gets out of a lease
  • by JD Location: Gville on Jan 9, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    my place over ther is full of roaches.
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