Fire that displaced 26 people, damaged 11 units at The District ruled accidental

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Officials ruled as accidental a fire that injured one person, damaged 11 units and displaced 26 people at The District at Tar River Apartments on 1st Street Wednesday night.

The Greenville Fire/Rescue responded to a call for an apartment fire at The District on First Street on Wednesday around 9:30 p.m.

Upon arrival, smoke and flames were showing.

GFR personnel rescued a total of seven pets, three dogs and four birds, from the affected apartments.

Crews transported one person to the hospital with minor injuries and extinguished the fire.

11 units in the singular building sustained major damage.

The American Red Cross and property management for the complex was contacted to assist the 26
residents who were displaced.

An investigation was performed and determined the fire was accidental.

An investigation showed the fire started in a kitchen due to unattended cooking.

Greenville Fire/Rescue reminds all residents to stay in the room when cooking on the stovetop, use a timer as a reminder that something is cooking, and never cook when impaired. 

Elizabeth Zaocher and her husband left their apartment for safety. 

The Zaochers are two of the 26 people now displaced by the apartment complex fire. 

They lived just five doors down from where it all started.

“And so, the first reaction is your heart kinda goes into your chest up in your stomach and up in your throat and you get really nauseous,” said Zaocher who lives at The District at the Tar River.

She said the property managers have been helpful walking with them every step of the way.

The American Red Cross has also stepped in to help residents.

“So there were four families we’ve helped so far in terms of that assistants also in addition to that we are continuing to meet with the families in the coming days after the event talking with them about what their recovery options are,” said Cally Edwards, Executive Director of Eastern N.C. Region of the Red Cross.

Zaocher doesn’t know what all she has lost but says she is grateful to be out of harm’s way.
 

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The Greenville Fire-Rescue Department has released new details about a fire that injured one person, damaged 11 units and displaced 26 people at The District at Tar River Apartments on 1st Street.

In a statement released Thursday morning, Greenville Fire-Rescue Department officials said,

“Around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, Greenville Fire/Rescue responded to a call for an apartment fire at The District on First Street. Upon arrival, smoke and flames were showing. GFR personnel rescued a total of seven pets, three dogs and four birds, from the affected apartments. Crews transported one person to the hospital with minor injuries and extinguished the fire. Eleven units in the singular building sustained major damage. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the 26 residents who were displaced. An investigation is underway to determine the cause and origin of the fire.”

Stay with WNCT on-air, online, and on the WNCT News Mobile App, for the latest on the investigation into the cause of this fire.

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One person has been transported to the hospital with minor injuries and 11 units were affected after a fire at The District at Tar River Apartments on Wednesday night.

Fire officials tell 9 On Your Side that person was in the unit where the fire started with 3 pets, the pets are all fine.

No word yet on how the fire started, but it was 95% contained as of 11 pm Wednesday night.

Officials say the damage is mainly in 3 units, but roughly 20 people are displaced.

These are all older buildings, so fire officials say they don’t have proper firewalls which caused the smoke to spread quickly.

Stay with WNCT as we learn more info.

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One person has been transported to the hospital and 11 units were affected after a fire at The District at Tar River Wednesday night.

Sources tell 9 On Your Side, the fire is at The District at Tar River apartment complex on First Street.

Greenville Fire/Rescue and the Red Cross is on the scene.

Officials tell us one person has been transported to the hospital with minor injuries and 11 units were affected.

Stay with WNCT for more updates.

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