GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Greenville Fire & Rescue was among the crews at a large fire at an apartment complex Monday morning.
Firefighters arrived on the scene at Treybrooke Apartments on West Fifth Street after receiving the call around 8:50 a.m. Crews battled the fire, which impacted 24 units, before finally getting it under control. Members of the Red Oak Fire Department also assisted.
An investigation into the cause is now underway. The NC State Bureau of Investigation was called to assist in the investigation, which is standard procedure in a situation like this. The NC Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also in the investigation along with the Greenville Police Department.
It’s already been determined the fire began on the second floor.
Around 40 firefighters were present on the scene. There were no reported injuries. Several pets were either injured or rescued, WNCT’s Erin Jenkins reports. The apartment complex is largely used by students who attend East Carolina University.
The American Red Cross was assisting many who were displaced.
“I ran to the firefighters and I was like ‘There’s another dog inside, you gotta get this dog, she loves her dog, we all love our dogs.’ So, I think they busted down the door and got her out,” said Aarin Sharpe, a Treybrooke resident.
Austin Nichols also lives there and said he was startled by what he saw after returning from a walk with his dog.
“I started to hear a lot of commotion outside and I kinda heard some screaming and people being really frantic,” Nichols said. “And I opened the door, I could see the back of the apartment complex, just smoke billowing up.”
Another resident said although her apartment wasn’t directly impacted, she was still helping those whose apartments were damaged.
“I had multiple classmates that were in this building and have been affected by this,” said Madison Shaw. “So we’re working now to just make sure that they have the resources they need and everything.
“Oh it’s tough, you never want to see anyone going through this, let alone of course people that you care about.”