Residents escape another Carrboro apartment fire

By Emily Burns
Carrboro Commons Writer

More than two dozen residents escaped unharmed as a fire swept through J Building at Ashbrook Apartments, 601 Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro, just after 6:30 p.m. on Weds, Nov. 28. The cause is under investigation.

Three minor injuries were sustained by two police officers and one firefighter who responded to the scene. Their names had not been released as of 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“I have been told that all residents have been accounted for,” said Captain Kent Squires of the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department. “The fire has been extinguished, but we will maintain the scene throughout the night.”

Twenty-six residents, including 25 adults and one child, were displaced by Wednesday’s fire, and all of the residents were housed overnight by local hotels.

Squires said that the fire was first reported at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday by a resident of Cedarwood Lane who reported that she saw flames through the woods that separate Cedarwood Lane from Ashbrook Apartments.

According to Squires, the fire took place in the J Building of the complex, which is made up of 15 units. Seven of the units were only damaged by water; eight were damaged by water, smoke and fire; and of those eight, four were destroyed.

He also said that the cause of the fire had not yet been determined but that an investigation would begin on Thursday morning.

The Ashbrook apartment complex is not equipped with a sprinkler system, but Squires said that the complex was built in accordance with fire codes that existed at the time of its completion. Building J is expected to be uninhabitable for some time, according to a statement issued by the Carrboro Fire Department on Wednesday night.

Carrboro firefighters were assisted by several local fire and police departments, including the Chapel Hill, New Hope and Chatham County fire departments, and the Chapel Hill Police Department.

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