At least 30 Townhouses Damaged or Destroyed in Raleigh Fire

A massive fire burned more than two dozen townhouses in north Raleigh on Thursday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of several nearby homes and businesses.

It happened at Pine Knoll Townes, on Capitol Boulevard. That major thoroughfare from downtown Raleigh to suburban neighborhoods in the North was closed for hours.

The American Red Cross was preparing to help residents who had lost their homes.

The blaze sent black smoke into the sky as winds of more than 30 miles per hour threatened a nearby wooded area. Weather officials say a red flag warning was in place until early evening. There are no reports of injuries.

Tune in to WITN-7 News at 11 p.m. for the latest from the scene.