Wake County

Firefighters rescue 4 from balcony outside burning Raleigh apartment

One person was taken to a hospital as a precaution Wednesday morning after firefighters rescued four people from a balcony outside their burning second-floor apartment on North New Hope Road.

Crews were sent to the Groves Apartments at 5070 N. New Hope Road about 9:20 after emergency operators received several calls saying there was a fire.

The first units to arrive reported light smoke coming from one of the two-story buildings. Residents faced heavier smoke inside because the fire had not burned through any outside surfaces and the smoke escape, Division Chief John Fanning said.

Residents in a first-floor apartment were able to get outside, Fanning said. Smoke blocked the front door of the second-floor apartment, however, and the nearest exit for those residents was the balcony, he said.

An ambulance took one adult to a hospital as a precaution, Jeff Hammerstein, deputy chief of Wake County Emergency Medical Services, said.

Medics checked another adult and two children at the fire scene and determined they did not need to go to the hospital, Hammerstein said.

Fanning said fire damage was confined to the one apartment, but others were damaged by smoke.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT