2 years after massive fire, Raleigh apartment complex welcomes residents

January 25, 2019

Nearly two years after a massive fire lit up the Raleigh skyline, an apartment that burned down is opening up for new residents.

Renters will start moving into the Metropolitan Apartments on Friday morning.

The building was about 50 percent complete when the fire broke out during the late night on March 16, 2017.

The blaze started at an apartment building that was under construction near the Glenwood South restaurant and bar district. The blaze spread quickly to nine nearby buildings and prompted many residents of the growing community to run for their lives.

Only one injury resulted from the five-alarm fire, and that occurred to a firefighter who suffered a cut by glass. The blaze is believed to be one of the worst fires in Raleigh in nearly a century.

Metropolitan Apartments, which sits on the corner of Jones and West streets, has 241 apartment homes.

Tonya Dunn, the property manager, said she was excited that something good came from tragedy.

“The best thing, for us, at the time of the fire, is that we didn’t have any residents live here,” Dunn said. “We are very thankful to the Raleigh Police Department, Raleigh Fire Department and other first-responders because it could have been a lot worse.”

A few dozen residents have already pre-leased at the Metropolitan. Some will pick up their keys this weekend.

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