Massive fire destroys several buildings in downtown Raleigh, N.C.


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Firefighters battled five-alarm fire for several hours in downtown Raleigh, according to WNCN-TV, a WANE-TV sister station in North Carolina.

The fire was reported around 10 p.m. Thursday night. WNCN reported the fire was determined under control around 1:10 a.m. Friday.

Fire officials said the fire started in an apartment building under construction at 400 West North Street in Raleigh. Officials told WNCN the fire started on the third floor and rapidly spread through construction areas primarily made of wood.

Officials said the main fire spread to four other buildings.

No injuries have been reported and officials do not believe anyone was trapped or inside the building at the time of the fire.

Several streets in downtown Raleigh are closed.

The Red Cross is mobilizing volunteers to assist those who have been displaced by the fire. A local church is opening as a shelter downtown.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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