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Crews Demolish Part Of Burned UNCG Apartment Building For Safety Reasons

11:37 PM, Mar 15, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC-- Crews started tearing down a part of the UNCG Spartan Village apartment building that caught fire Thursday night.

The crews started demolishing part of the burned building on Friday evening around 7 p.m. Fire crews on the scene told News 2 that they were concerned that the building could collapse.

That's why they closed West Lee Street and evacuated the Lofts on Lee, located directly next to the building that caught fire.

Crews are focused on tearing down a specific part of the building that is a hazard to the street and apartments. Once that area is taken care of, they'll reopen Lee Street.

Eventually, the entire building will be demolished.

Fire crews were unsure whether Lee Street would open on Saturday.

News 2 spoke to the Greensboro Police Watch Commander, Lt. Knott. He knows without Lee Street, this is a big headache.

"It couldn't have happened at a more inconvenient time, so to speak, with the Coliseum being full.  But you know, that's why we always have contingency plans for things like this and we're prepared the best we can be," said Knott.

North Carolina Department of Transportation sent this information for traffic detours:

• South Aycock Street to Spring Garden Road to Tate Street to West Lee Street.

All vehicles taller than 11 feet 11 inches must use the following detour route:

• South Lee Street to Dick Street to Freeman Mill Road to West Florida Street to South Aycock Street.

WFMY News 2

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