At least 8 units involved in fire at Fayetteville condos
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Firefighters battled a large fire that engulfed several condominiums in Fayetteville Wednesday night.
WTVD reported that it happened around 10 p.m. at the Briarcliffe Condominiums in the 1800 block of Tryon Drive. Authorities said at least eight units were involved.
Firefighters said everyone inside the units got safely. Residents said they escaped with little more than the clothes on their back.
Officials said the fire was under control by 11:30 p.m.
“I know my unit suffered a lot of damage,” said resident Kevin Pittman, who lived on the first floor of the unit that caught fire. “I could not grab anything. I was concerned about getting out of the house and hoping that the fire department would get here and put fire out.”
Resident Duane Childress said he was asleep when his wife woke him up saying she smelled smoke.
He said it happened so quickly that he had to run outside in his underwear and was unable to save anything.
Fayetteville Fire Battalion Commander Robert Brinson said the fire quickly engulfed the building as heavy winds fanned the flames and hindered firefighters’ efforts.
“About a third of all the fire was extended through the roof,” he said, according to WTVD. “Wind conditions pushed the flames through the whole building, main concern was to protect other buildings and evacuate the one here.”
Authorities said they are still investigating a cause.
Read more: WTVD.