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What was the cause of the fire at Meridian Village Apartments a few months ago?

Brian Freskos

New Hanover County Fire Services work on the scene of a fire in Meridian Village. Photo by Matt Born.

Investigators were unable to pinpoint what caused the fire that ripped through the Meridian Village apartment complex in February, fire officials said.

The Feb. 23 blaze engulfed a two-story apartment building off North College Road in northern New Hanover County, destroying the building and displacing dozens of residents. Nobody was injured.

Fire officials said investigators traced the origin of the fire to the rear patio of a downstairs apartment in the middle of the building, but could not tell what sparked it.

New Hanover County Deputy Fire Marshal Ray Griswold said investigators determined that the fire crawled up the vinyl siding and invaded the attic space, where it proceeded to drop fire on lower units.

Though investigators could not find a cause, they believe the fire was accidental. The investigation is closed, Griswold said. New building plans, which include the addition of an indoor sprinkler system, were recently approved.


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