Housing sought for Durham fire victims

From Staff ReportsMay 17, 2014 

— The Red Cross sought housing Saturday for roughly 20 people displaced by a pair of fires in Durham.

The roof burned off a large part of the two-story Spring Ridge Apartments building on East Cornwallis Road on Friday afternoon. No one was injured, but six units were heavily damaged by water or flames. Fire officials think the blaze started in a shed, said Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi.

Later Friday, a duplex caught fire on Tarawa Terrace after children cooking in the kitchen forgot about the stove. No one was injured. The Red Cross is assisting two adults and 10 children from this property, officials said.

Many of the displaced chose to stay with family but others were placed in hotel rooms, said Red Cross spokeswoman Lu Esposito. The Red Cross aims to find housing in 48 to 72 hours.

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