WJTV News Channel 12 - Questions remain at fire-damaged apartment complex

WNCN Investigates

Questions remain at fire-damaged apartment complex

Posted: Updated:
The large fire tore through the roof of the Camden Crest Apartments on Manor Valley Court Saturday night. The large fire tore through the roof of the Camden Crest Apartments on Manor Valley Court Saturday night.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Residents of the Camden Crest Apartments in Raleigh began returning home Monday to see what was left of their apartment complex after a fire heavily damaged it.

The large fire tore through the roof of the apartments on Manor Valley Court Saturday night.

The complex has both smoke alarms and a sprinkler system; however, some residents said the sprinkler system did not activate.

The management at Camden Crest said it believes the sprinklers did go off, citing wet animals that were seen leaving the building after being rescued.

Firefighters could or would not say Monday if the sprinklers were working properly or not. Nor could they say what caused of the fire.

According to fire inspection records for Camden Crest, the complex has been cited for a host of routine violations over the past few years. But in a most recent inspection report from June 2013, investigators did cite the complex as a whole for having too many broken emergency lights.

It is unclear if those were fixed before Saturday's fire.

Saturday, residents shared what happened.

Cameron Beam said, "I'm 21 and I never had anything like this happen before."

"Life can change in an instant and you just got to appreciate what the most important things in life are," added Leonard Windham, who has lived at Camden Crest for a year.

The Red Cross helped the victims with basic necessities and to find temporary shelter.

The apartment management said it is working to place displaced residents in other empty units or at nearby complexes.

RELATED STORIES

Jonathan Carlson

Jonathan is an investigative reporter and anchor with over a decade of experience. Jonathan has broken stories that have resulted in local and statewide change. Contact our Investigative Team anytime HERE. More>>

  • Wake CountyMore>>

  • FBI offers reward for info on 2 suspects in Wake Forest kidnapping

    FBI offers reward for info on 2 suspects in Wake Forest kidnapping

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:30:47 GMT
    Two more people have been charged in the case of Frank Janssen, who was kidnapped in Wake Forest.
    Two more people have been charged in the case of Frank Janssen, who was kidnapped in Wake Forest.
  • Cary Police release sketch of man accused of sexual assault

    Cary Police release sketch of man accused of sexual assault

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-04-16 17:21:35 GMT
    Sketch of man accused of sexual assault in CarySketch of man accused of sexual assault in Cary
    Cary police have released a sketch of the man accused of sexually assaulting a young woman Saturday.At about 9 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the Hawthorne at the Parkway complex in Cary, where the 20-year-old woman reported that a man who had been behind her in traffic followed her home, pulled up to her in the parking lot and warned her of damage to her vehicle.After thanking him she headed to her apartment, where the same man pushed her inside as she was unlocking the door.The suspect ...
    Cary police have released a sketch of the man accused of sexually assaulting a young woman Saturday.At about 9 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the Hawthorne at the Parkway complex in Cary, where the 20-year-old woman reported that a man who had been behind her in traffic followed her home, pulled up to her in the parking lot and warned her of damage to her vehicle.After thanking him she headed to her apartment, where the same man pushed her inside as she was unlocking the door.The suspect ...
  • Committee weighs how to protect water in Jordan Lake

    Committee weighs how to protect water in Jordan Lake

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:35:09 GMT
    The threat of pollution in Jordan Lake has stirred up debate in the Triangle and the Triad.
    The threat of pollution in Jordan Lake has stirred up debate in the Triangle and the Triad.
Powered by WorldNow

1820 TV Road
Jackson, MS 39204

Telephone: 601.372.6311
Fax: 804.819.5569
Email: wjtvnews@wjtv.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.