Building Burns in Downtown Raleigh; 1 Hurt

Massive downtown fire damages 10 Raleigh buildings, 5 severely

Shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday night, Raleigh Fire and Police Department personnel responded to the 400 block of W. North Street in connection with a multi-alarm fire.

Avoid the downtown area surrounding North Street, West Street and Harrington.

Residents of downtown Raleigh have been allowed to pick up belongings at dwellings near where a massive fire broke out several days ago.

The building was designed for upper-middle income tenants attracted by the nearby Glenwood South entertainment district and easy walks to work in downtown offices. A number of streets in the area were still closed Friday morning. Eyewitnesses said it appeared the fire originated on the second floor, though police and fire officials had not yet made such a determination.

Huge flames and thick, black smoke can be seen in the video. A construction crane also fell down, causing additional panic among bystanders.

According to officials, the only injury that occurred was a firefighter injured from falling glass.

Both buildings sustained damage, including shattered windows, but they did not catch fire. The fire spread to another high-rise building and firefighters say people could be trapped in that building.

The fire grew so quickly in part because the building was still under construction. "I heard a bunch of sirens", one woman who lives nearby told ABC11's Joel Brown.

The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation.

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