13 people displaced in ‘suspicious’ apartment fire in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Police in Winston-Salem are investigating a "suspicious" fire at an apartment complex that resulted in 13 people being displaced.

Officers were called to Salem Gardens Apartments at 23 Salem Gardens Dr., Apt. D in reference to a housebreaking call shortly after 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Arriving officers found one of the apartment buildings fully engulfed in flames. Nobody was inside the apartment at the time and all the neighboring residents were safely evacuated, according to a police press release.

Police said the fire was determined to be suspicious in nature. The department received a series of domestic violence calls throughout the night leading up to the fire, according to Lt. Steve Osborne.

Building 23, where the fire took place, had a total of eight apartments, two of which were vacant.

The remaining six apartments had tenants at the time of the fire. The American Red Cross is helping the 13 people who were displaced.

Anyone with any information can call the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336) 773-7832 or Crime Stoppers at (336) 727-2800.

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