Firefighters responded shortly after 9:30 p.m. and remained on scene at 115 Clearfield Drive until around 11:30 p.m.
Deputy Chief Mike Clements of the Roanoke Rapids Fire Department said foul play is not suspected but the cause is undetermined.
The resident of the apartment got out safely.
A small fire in apartment 39 was put out using a water extinguisher. “The firefighters did an excellent job and quick knockdown and containment of the fire,” Clements said.
There was some smoke and fire damage to the apartment and minimal water damage to apartment 39 and an adjacent apartment.
There was smoke throughout the building and residents were evacuated as firefighters did smoke removal and made sure the building was safe for residents to re-enter.
Many of the residents are elderly and some are on supplemental oxygen, Clements said.