Greensboro Firefighters Battled 4-Alarm Apartment Fire Near UNCG

5:59 PM, Mar 15, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Greensboro Fire Department responded to a four-alarm apartment fire at a building under construction on West Lee Street Thursday night.

The fire at Spartan Village was reported shortly after 9 pm. Fire investigators said the vacant building was one of four under construction and scheduled to open in the fall for students. 

Greensboro Police Department said 17 students from the Lofts on Lee, the building beside Spartan Village, were evacuated as a precaution. Those who were evacuated have been provided alternate housing with the assistance of UNCG and the local Red Cross. Students were allowed to return to their homes, briefly, to grab needed items around noon Friday. 

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still undetermined. 

Police have all lanes of West Lee Street closed between Lexington Avenue and South Tate Street. "The road will not be reopened until it's determined the building has been stabilized or until it's safe to open," said Don Sheffield, chief building inspector with the city of Greensboro, in a news release.  

GPD said 20 fire companies and about 75 fire personnel were dispatched to the burning building.

Jim Settle, UNCG associate vice chancellor for student affairs, said in a statement that the building that was damaged was insured by the construction company. "Student fees and room and board charges will not be affected by the damaged building." The total cost of the multi-building Spartan Village project is $52.5 million.

No estimate has been made about the extent of the damage, according to UNCG. Sprinkler systems were not yet activated in the building, which was 70 percent complete, because it was still under construction.

UNCG students are on spring break this week. 

Students living in the Lofts on Lee were asked not to return this weekend by the university. UNCG said they are hopeful to allow them back into their homes by Monday, after work is completed by cleaning crews and they have received approval from inspectors.

People with questions about student housing are asked to visit the UNCG Housing and Residence Life website.

Duke Energy temporarily cut power to nearby homes as a precaution, but restored power by midday Friday, UNCG reported. No damages were reported to area homes and businesses.

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