Red Cross To Help Kinston Fire Victims Celebrate 4th of July

The American Red Cross will help residents affected by a fire at an apartment complex in Kinston to have an enjoyable 4th of July.

It has been a week since the fire at Kinston Towers displaced nearly 150 residents, and it appears they will not be able to return for another three to four weeks.

The Red Cross is partnering with the Bridge Church of Goldsboro to host a Fourth of July celebration at the hotels where displaced residents are staying.

Residents can enjoy an afternoon cookout and activities led by the Red Cross and church volunteers.


t could be next month before residents of the Kinston Towers will be able to move back into their high rise building.

Last week an electrical fire forced the evacuation of the 11-story building.

Initially the Kinston Housing Authority said it would be between 3 and 10 days to fix the problem, but today they revised that to three to four weeks. The housing authority says they are still awaiting estimates, but the fire damage will require the replacement of the electrical bus duct and accessories.

Some 150 residents, most who are elderly, have been housed at local hotels while meals are being served at those hotels through the American Red Cross.

The Kinston Housing Authority executive director Rhonda Abbott says all residents who were evacuated from Kinston Towers after a fire early Wednesday morning have been relocated while the building is repaired and power is restored.

Abbott says about 70 residents were relocated to area hotels and other residents are with family and friends.

The shelter at Fairfield Recreation Center is closed.

Residents and family members may call (252) 523-1195, extension 0 for more information.

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Authorities say it could take up to ten days to restore power to a public housing highrise after a fire early this morning.

Nearly 150 residents of Kinston Towers were evacuated from the 11 story building in downtown Kinston around 1:30 a.m. after a fire started in a second floor maintenance room.

The actual fire was quickly put out, but power to the building was lost. One hundred and forty-one residents were taken to Fairfield Recreation Center overnight while eight others went to Lenoir Memorial Hospital.

No residents were injured during the evacuation.

The Kinston Housing Authority says they expect power to be fixed within three to 10 days.

The housing authority is temporarily relocating the residents, most who are elderly, into hotels and other facilities until power is restored.

Fire officials say the fire was caused by an electrical problem.

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Nearly 150 people are looking for a place to stay today after an electrical fire sparked in their 11-story apartment building.

Kinston Fire Chief Don Crawford tells WITN at 11:47 p.m., a fire broke out at the Kinston Towers at 511 North Queen Street.

Crawford said the fire started in an electrical room in the complex and stayed contained in that room. The building is owned by the Kinston Housing Authority.

No injuries were reported from the fire, though Crawford said power is out in the building.

Crawford said 141 people were evacuated from the building and are now displaced from the building because of the power outage.

The Red Cross said a local chapter is on hand, working with emergency management, Kinston Housing Authority and Kinston Parks & Recreation to open a shelter at the Fairfield Recreation Center on 800 Greenbriar Road.

The chief said every engine in Kinston was called to the fire.