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Fire destroys apartment building - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

Fire destroys apartment building - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

Fire destroys apartment building - Carolina Weekly

CAROLINA WEEKLY NEWSPAPERSWe crown ourfootballchampionpage 26Ads inside this issue . . .Randy Marion GMC ............................. 2Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Doodge .... 7Volume 9, Number 50 • Dec. 17-23, 2010Wish fulfilledpage 3Serving The Arboretum, Ballantyne, Blakeney, Cotswold and SouthPark communitieswww.thecharlotteweekly.comFire destroys apartment buildingNobody hurt, but one petkilled in late-morning blazeby Mike Parksedtor@thecharlotteweekly.comGingerbread madnesspages 20-21USAWEEKENDinside!Inside ...Crime Scene .........................5News Briefs .........................6Education ...........................13Around Town .....................18Arts ...................................20Calendar/Crossword ..........22Movies ..............................23Sports ...............................26Classifieds..........................32Ballantyne ZonePacking upmiraclespage13Firefighters watch from the ground as asecond-floor apartment goes up in flamesTuesday. Michael Porowski/SCW photoNext widening work onIndependence coming in JuneState officials hope to clarify property owners’confusion about right-of-way letterby Frank DeLoachefrank@thecharlotteweekly.comThe N.C. Department of Transportation has notified ownersof almost 90 parcels along Independence Boulevard that thestate will need a portion – or all – of their property for utilityrelocation by next June, as part of the next widening project.By June 1, 2011, state officials must acquire all or parts of87 parcels along Independence from Albemarle Road to a pointbetween Conference Drive and Wallace Lane so contractors canbegin moving utility lines on both sides of the roadway. In a newapproach to large road-widening projects, state officials planto move the utility lines about a year before road constructionwork begins – so the roadwork can proceed quicker, accordingto Neil Burleson, who supervises right-of-way acquisition for theDepartment of Transportation in the Charlotte region.The relocation process has caused some confusion, Burlesonsaid. The Department of Transportation sent the 90-dayResidents stood in shock Tuesday, Dec.14, staring up at what was left of theirneighbors’ homes after a three-alarm firebroke out in south Charlotte’s ReafieldVillage apartment complex off Pineville-Matthews Road.“It was pretty dramatic… pretty tough,”said Dustin Adams, a Reafield Village resident,while standing near the collapsedbuilding. Adams lives in the next-doorbuilding and helped police warn residentsof the fire.Charlotte Fire Department officialssay the blaze started around 10:25 a.m.Tuesday in the complex just west of theArboretum shopping center and quicklyspread throughout the three-story structure.Sixty firefighters needed roughly twohours to get the blaze under control.Officials have set a damage estimate at$750,000 to $1 million for the destroyed(see Independence on page 12)(see Fire on page 11)A firefighter on a ladder truck works to putout flames after the roof collapsed. No onewas injured.Mike Parks/SCW photoPolice do best todeter Christmasshopping thievesby Mike Parkseditor@thecharlotteweekly.comMany people have their eyes on SouthPark Mall this month.Economists are looking for good holiday shopping news, whileshoppers are looking for everything on their Christmas lists.But thieves have something different on their minds: a quick,easy score.Cue an influx of Providence Division police officers whoflooded the large shopping district before Black Friday, aimingto cut down on the car break-ins that typically flourish eachholiday season at malls and shopping centers.Just on Thursday, Dec. 9, police saw the following break-insin the SouthPark Mall parking lots, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police reports:• Thieves stole a Wii uDraw system and game, gift cards,clothing and Legos, a combined loss of $230, from a vehicle(see SouthPark on page 10)

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