Greenville apartment fire now ruled suspicious

Woman goes door-to-door alerting neighbors

POSTED: 11:16 AM Nov 18 2013   UPDATED: 4:49 PM Nov 19 2013
Cedar Creek fire
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

A fire at a Greenville apartment Monday morning which displaced residents from 11 units has been deemed intentionally set.

Firefighters responded to the fire at 2913 Cedar Creek Road at about 7:20 a.m. Monday, according to the Greenville Fire/Rescue Department. When crews arrived, they reported seeing smoke from the two-story apartment building.

On Tuesday the Greenville Fire/Rescue Department’s Deputy Fire Marshal Patrick Dunn completed his investigation of the fire at 2913 Cedar Creek Rd.  He concluded that the fire was intentionally set within apartment #9.

The criminal investigation has been turned over to the Greenville Police Department for further investigation.

Resident Barbara St. Clair was one of the first to notice the fire. She went door to door in an attempt to alert her neighbors. "Some of the people were asleep, some of them were taking showers. I mean, we literally had to knock on their doors and bang on their doors to get 'em out," said St. Clair.

Officials say the fire began in apartment 9, which was home to Kevin Wilkins. Wilkins said had recently returned from Japan when he got the phone call. "This is a small setback, but, I'm okay," said Wilkins.

Every resident inside the 12 units were able to escape; one person was treated for smoke inhalation, fire officials said.

The Red Cross says people from 11 units were displaced. They provided assistance to 16 residents.