At 8:25 p.m. Tuesday, the Durham Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 311 S. Lasalle St., the Duke Manor Apartments complex.
On arrival, DFD Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi said firefighters found a two-story apartment building with smoke showing from the eaves.
A fire that started in the kitchen of a second floor apartment had spread up the outside of the house and extended to the attic. The fire was under control in about 15 minutes.
Five apartments were damaged in the fire and 12 residents were displaced. Duke Manor Management was able to relocate all 12 displaced residents to other apartments in the complex.
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No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was related to cooking.