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Investigators: Apt. fire sparked from 'improperly discarded smoking material'

Fire crews are investigating to determine the cause of an apartment fire. (Source: David Hines) Fire crews are investigating to determine the cause of an apartment fire. (Source: David Hines)
More than a dozen people were displaced early Wednesday morning after a fire at the Colonial Grand Apartments in Wilmington, according to David Hines with the WFD. More than a dozen people were displaced early Wednesday morning after a fire at the Colonial Grand Apartments in Wilmington, according to David Hines with the WFD.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Investigators say an improperly discarded smoking material started an apartment fire early Wednesday morning that displaced more than a dozen people.

According to David Hines with the Wilmington Fire Department, firefighters were called to respond to a fire at the Colonial Grand Apartments located off St. Andrews Dr. in Wilmington.

Fire officials on scene said the fire was put out shortly before 1:30 a.m.

Hines says the fire, water and smoke damages ended up displacing six units. Two units had fire damages, one unit had water damage and another three units had smoke damages.

All occupants were relocated by property management and The Red Cross is also assisting. There were a total of 18 units in this building.

According to Hines, the fire was accidentally started by an improperly discarded smoking material from a second story balcony.

Hines said the cost of damage is an estimated $200,000 on the building and contents.

No one was injured in the fire.

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