Apartment complex sees two fires in six months, residents uneasy

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Submitted: Sun, 06/08/2014 - 10:22pm
Updated: Mon, 06/09/2014 - 3:40am

Wilmington, NC (WWAY)– Just before 6:00 this evening folks at the Colonial Grand Apartments watched as Wilmington fire department and the New Hanover fire department attacked a fire on the bottom floor of one of the buildings.

Some say this has become an all too familiar sight.

Just yards away ashes are all that remain in two units of another building. Fire claimed these apartments in January.

Investigators say Sunday’s blaze was an accidental electrical fire and it began in the kitchen.
Residents watching the clean up still feel uneasy.

Resident of seven years Brian Reynolds says, maybe it’s time to move.

“Two fires in six months… That’s not good. They’re gonna be lowering some rent or people are gonna start moving I’m sure.”

Reynolds kicked in the door in an effort to save the dog trapped inside after noticing smoke coming from the apartment.

The dog did not survive the fire.

Investigators estimate around $60,000 worth of damage.


  • Vog46 says:

    Right now they can charge what they want but there’s at least 4 projects slated to bring hundreds of new apartments to the market within the next year or two….
    As for the fires, one was caused by a resident and the other is electrical which could be caused by a resident or the wiring in the building itself, we just don’t know.
    But I doubt they’d lower the rent given the circumstances…..


  • amain11 says:

    Do any of you commenting on this news story live in this apartment community? Probably not. I do. They only got one person on camera because the maintenance staff asked the camera crew and news person from WWAY to leave because they were trespassing. I live in an apartment that I am getting ready to move from. I have all kinds of issues in it, including electrical issues. So yes, people are uneasy. No answers or reasons have been given to the residents as to what or why this fire happened. We only get what has been in the news. Until you’re in situation, maybe some comments shouldn’t be made.

  • Guestomfg says:

    Jan fire was caused by a cigarette, how is this the apartments fault? Residents want to move? LOL

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    The residents don’t want to move, they want to use these incidents to get a discount on their monthly rent. Actually, only one resident went on record saying as much.

    Wilmington Observer

  • 8844 says:

    Two fires, one from a cigarette and one from an accidental electrical fire and the residents are uneasy with the complex’s management? The fires were somehow a management problem?

    One person quoted and from that we’re to construe that the “residents” are uneasy? Really?

    Stories that make you go hmmm …

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