Investigators to give update on Spartan Village fire next week

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Officials with the Greensboro Fire Department say it will be several days before they can resume investigating a fire that heavily damaged an under-construction UNC-Greensboro apartment building.

The department’s investigation of the March 14 fire at the Spartan Village apartment complex “will commence further beginning next week,” officials said Friday morning.

“The process has been on hold in order to allow representatives for all stakeholders in the project to be present during the investigation,” officials said.

Fire Chief Clarence Hunter says it will be Tuesday at the earliest before all stakeholders are able to go through the remains.  Hunter said authorities have been trying to stabilize the remains in an effort to give them the opportunity to be on-site at the same time.

The four-alarm blaze broke out the night of Thursday, March 14 at an unoccupied building on West Lee Street.

About 75 firefighters responded to the scene shortly before 9 p.m.

The next-door Lofts on Lee apartment building, which houses about 30 UNCG students, was evacuated as a precaution.  About 17 students were in the Lofts apartments when the fire broke out, firefighters said.

No injuries were reported.

UNCG officials say affected students have been assigned housing and are being assisted by university officials in addition to the Red Cross.

All lanes of West Lee Street were closed between South Aycock Street and Silver Avenue for more than two days, the same weekend during which the ACC Men’s Basketball tournament was taking place at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

The apartment building that suffered the most damage was one of four residence halls that was to be part of the new Spartan Village.  Upon completion, it was expected to house about 200 upperclassmen.  A 25,000-square-foot police station was also to be part of the complex, which was initially expected to be complete by the summer.