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Monster blaze is contained in downtown Raleigh

Monster blaze is contained in downtown Raleigh”

NBC affiliate WRAL reported the structure on fire was an apartment building under construction.

According to the CBS broadcaster, citing officials, the fire was reported shortly after 10 p.m. [03:00 GMT]. The flames quickly spread to another building where people were said to be possibly trapped inside, fire officials said. Stay on top of breaking news with the ABC11 News AppThe blaze forced the evacuation of nearby businesses and residential buildings, as well as road closures.

The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation.

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More than 15,000 people live within one mile of the state capital building and the growth in new residential housing is expected to attract almost 2,500 more people to downtown. It is unclear how many, if any, other buildings have been affected by the blaze.

A few hundred people lost power in the immediate area and a construction crane collapsed.

The building was last inspected Monday and was completely compliant, Raleigh Fire Chief John McGrath said Friday morning.

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It's happening in the downtown area near North Street, West Street and Harrington.

Around 130 firefighters battled the flames with crews working in 90 minute shifts. A church on the corner of Salisbury and Hillsborough streets offered to shelter anyone displaced by the fire.

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