Residents Displaced by Fire Allowed to Retrieve Belongings Saturday
Residents temporarily displaced from two Downtown Raleigh apartment complexes due to Thursday night’s fire will be allowed back into their homes for a short time to get some of their belongings Saturday.
People who live in the Link Apartments and The Residences at Quorum Center are asked to call the City of Raleigh’s Non-Emergency Call Center at 919-996-2999 to arrange to collect belongings from their homes. The call center will be open throughout the night. The displaced residents will gather at the Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett St. beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Buses will be used to transport people to the apartment complexes. Residents are asked not to drive directly to the damaged buildings but to park at the Municipal Building and use the bus shuttle.
Representatives from the City of Raleigh Fire Department will escort the displaced residents to their homes to retrieve one day’s worth of clothing, toiletries, medications and other necessities. Police have secured the two apartment complexes.
Because the two apartment complexes are unsafe, residents who will be picking up some of their belongings should adhere to the following safety tips:
- There is glass, debris and water on the sidewalks. Please dress appropriately and wear close-toed shoes;
- Wear protective eye wear if you have it; and,
- Elevators are not functioning in the two complexes and there is no handicap access available. The City recommends that people with disabilities bring an able-bodied individual to assist them.
The local chapter of the American Red Cross will also be on hand Saturday at the Municipal Building to help displaced residents to help displaced residents.
The City of Raleigh Police and Fire departments are investigating the fire along with the State Bureau of Investigation and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.