WFD rules apartment fire smoking-related

WFD rules apartment fire smoking-related

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Wilmington fire crews were on scene Crosswinds Apartments Wednesday night fighting a fire.

WFD Battalion Chief Danny Grafius said the call initially came in as a fire on the third floor an apartment building on St. Andrews Drive. County crews worked along side the Wilmington Fire Department to quickly put the fire out, a tweet from the department says.

Assistant Chief Rick Pearsall says their aggressive strategy prevented the fire from spreading to other nearby units. As of 8:30 p.m., firefighters were overhauling the impacted units.

The people who lived in the building managed to get out before fire crews arrived. No injuries were reported to residents or emergency crews.

Crews believe the fire started on the balcony and was smoking-related.

One apartment suffered heavy fire and smoke damage while two others suffered water damage. The American Red Cross has been notified and will be assisting affected residents.

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