5-alarm fire rages near downtown Raleigh, North Carolina
The 5-story building was under construction and unoccupied, but neighboring buildings have apartment residences, according to WTVD. It is unclear how many, if any, other buildings have been affected by the blaze.
Witnesses captured video of construction cranes falling due to the inferno's fury.
Downtown Raleigh watch tower crane fall pic.twitter.com/GsLRCEQwuL— Danny Horton (@Danny51legend) March 17, 2017
The Raleigh Fire just went to 5 Alarms, a Tower Crane has collapsed & adjacent structures are now threatened. Stay safe brothers & sisters! https://t.co/wPGKpVlPbF— Charlotte Fire Comms (@CFD_Alarm) March 17, 2017
Around 11:30pm EST, firefighters started to get the flames under control. The fire started around 10:00pm.
Fire is under control now in downtown Raleigh, great work from Raleigh Fire Department! pic.twitter.com/tukO2Ki8rJ— Ivan Barajas Vargas (@ibarajasvargas) March 17, 2017
Here is an earlier look at the fire before it overtook the entire building.