Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Five-alarm fire rages in downtown Raleigh, NC

Five-alarm fire rages in downtown Raleigh, NC

The fire began shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday in the building in downtown Raleigh, a city in the eastern part of the state. Flames soon spread to other structures nearby, including several buildings. A church on the corner of Salisbury and Hillsborough streets offered to shelter anyone displaced by the fire. Those who need information can contact Shannon O'Brien at 612-670-1082.

Firefighters closed streets in the area as they battled these flames.

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

Officials said the fire started on the third floor of the building and spread quickly because it was a wood construction.

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"It's sad is what it is". No one lived in the building. It was unclear if that building was affected.

Several other nearby buildings were damaged by the fire's intense heat, and McGrath said they were being inspected to make sure they're safe. A construction crane also fell down, causing additional panic among bystanders.

WRAL reporter Gina Benitez said that people were evacuating calmly and following the orders of emergency personnel.

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