10/20/09 141 W, 1 I - + 14 - 10 This Morning's Major Fire in Morrisville

Crews are still on the scene of an apartment fire at 2100 Summit Ridge Loop in Morrisville. Three-story, wood-frame apartment building with 18,630 square-feet, built 1998. Dispatched 1:46 a.m. with Engine 1 arriving with heavy fire through the roof. Some reports of flames as high as 30 feet. Interior attack with multiple lines, as well as aerial operations with Morrisville Ladder 2. Units included Morrisville E1, E3, L2, Car 3; Apex E3, L3; Western Wake P196, R295; Swift Creek E1, Bat 27; Cary E5, L5, T7; Durham E12; EMS 54, EMS 51, EMS 41, D1, T1; WC1, WC2. WRAL is reporting that the fire started on a third floor deck, took four hours to control extinguish, gutted four units, damaged others, and displaced about 50 people. WTVD is reportiing that the apartments had sprinklers, but were limited in effectiveness by the collapsing roof.

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Good job to all.
Apex Batt Chief - 10/20/09 - 07:39

Updated with additional info.
Legeros - 10/20/09 - 07:46

Damn shame and prayers to all who lost everything at this job. It happens all too often, we’ve all seen it; “the fire started on the outside porch”. I’m grateful that my condo has a sprinklered porch, but when it comes to the almighty dolla’ bill, developers often avoid the expense and roll the dice. Sad, very sad.

If any push was made in Congress for sprinklers, it should be for multi-family dwellings to have sprinklers inside and out!!!
Silver - 10/20/09 - 16:20

A better push would be to require that all renters purchase renter’s insurance. It would be a whole lot cheaper than having to pay the increased rent on buildings that had to retrofit or the cost to install them on new construction. Somebody’s got to pay for those sprinklers and I assure you it won’t be the builder or the landlord.
RescueRanger - 10/20/09 - 21:22

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