CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – Firefighters responded to 750 Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill Tuesday afternoon where a fire broke out at Carol Woods Retirement Community.
Chapel Hill Fire Department confirmed this was a 3-alarm fire.
Carol Woods is home to 485 on-campus residents, the community’s website says.
The blaze broke out around 3:34 p.m. at a resident fitness center, according to fire officials.
As of 4:30 p.m., smoke was visible from the upper part of the building and the roof, officials said.
It is possible a building with 39 rooms was damaged by smoke, but officials are not sure of the damage yet.
Residents say it was shocking to see so many firefighters in their neighborhood.
“I looked up in the air and saw a huge cloud of smoke and couldn’t understand what was happening,” said Byron Parry a resident of Carol Woods.
“What a mess. It’s going to be hard for people to deal with,” said Vanna Condax, who lives in Carol Woods.
Residents are allowed to return to building three at Carol Woods, which was evacuated during the fire. Fire officials were concerned it may have been damaged by smoke.
But since 8 p.m. Tuesday residents have been permitted to return to the building.
Chapel Hill Fire Department was the main responding department but several other departments were also involved.
Officials said no residents of the building were injured. Several firefighters were treated for heat exposure on the scene, but did not need any further medical attention.