Fire-Displaced Residents Will Get Second Opportunity Sunday to Retrieve Belongings from Damaged Apartments
The City of Raleigh is providing residents displaced by Thursday’s fire a second chance Sunday to get some of their belongings from two damaged Downtown apartment buildings.
People who live in the Link Apartments and The Residences at Quorum Center can report to the Raleigh Municipal Building beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday to take a bus to the apartments. The shuttles will run until 1 p.m. Residents wishing to get possessions after 1 p.m. need to call the City’s Non-Emergency Call Center at 919-996-2999 to make arrangements. The call center will be open throughout tonight and tomorrow.
Residents of the two apartment complexes are asked not to drive directly to the damaged buildings but to park at the Municipal Building and use the bus shuttle. Space on each shuttle bus is limited.
Representatives from the City’s Fire Department escorted displaced residents to their apartments today for the first time since the fire. People who visited their homes today to get necessities will be allowed back into their apartments again Sunday if they chose, along with those residents who were not able to take advantage of today’s shuttle.
As of 3 p.m., the City had transported 257 residents of the Link Apartments and The Residences at Quorum Center. The shuttle service was scheduled to end at 6 p.m. for the day. Police have secured the two apartment buildings.
Because the apartment complexes are unsafe, residents who will be picking up some of their belongings on Sunday 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 Sunday at the Municipal Building 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.