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City apartment fire ruled accidental

Posted on May 21, 2022

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ROCKY MOUNT — The Rocky Mount Fire Department responded to reports of a residential structure fire at 766-G Tiffany Blvd. at 8:22 p.m. May 13.

Units arrived on scene within two minutes to find a two-story, eight-unit apartment complex with heavy black smoke showing from the second-story balcony. Initial reports from the 911 call center stated a man was trapped on the balcony. There were no visible victims found on the balcony upon arrival, so fire crews began their defensive fire attack, according to a city press release.

The victim was later found outside walking around in the parking lot. While conducting a primary search of adjoining apartments, a total of six occupants were rescued. The fire was extinguished within 19 minutes of the fire department arriving on scene.

Twenty-two city firefighters responded to the incident and were assisted by Nash County Emergency Medical Services. The occupant of the apartment where the fire started was treated and released on scene by NCEMS for a minor burn to the left hand. No RMFD firefighters were injured during the event.

Once the fire was under control, the origin and cause investigation was conducted by on-scene members of the RMFD Fire Investigation Team. The apartment where the fire started sustained heavy fire damage to the main living area and the kitchen/hallway. There was moderate smoke damage throughout the remainder of the unit and some water damage to the apartment below.

After processing the scene to include witness statements, the origin of the fire was located in the kitchen on the stove top. The cause of the fire was ruled accidental due to unattended cooking. The American Red Cross was contacted to provide assistance to the occupant of the fire apartment.

The property was turned over to the property management prior to fire units clearing the scene.

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