By Jackie Seabolt
Thirteen occupants of an apartment building were displaced after a fire destroyed the building and damaged the complex next door.
According to Davie Fire Marshall Jerry Myers, around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 Mocksville, Fork, and Jerusalem Volunteer Fire Departments responded to 179 E. Lexington Road in Mocksville.
Myers said that is took the estimated 30 firemen approximately 40 minutes to get the fire under control.
“The fire departments did an outstanding job of getting here and putting the fire out,” Myers said.
All the occupants of the building’s four units made it out safely, according to Myers. They were alerted to the danger by a neighbor.
Brooke Angell told investigators she thought someone was trying to break into her apartment until she heard them yelling, “get out, get out.”
Mocksville Police Officer Reuben Ijames was one of the first on the scene, and said the building was engulfed in flames.
He said that occupants of one unit had to break out a back window to escape but did so without incident.
Vehicles parked in front of the apartment building suffered heat damage and that the apartment building next door was also damaged by the heat.
Myers said that the cause of the fire is still under investigation but it is suspected that ...