CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte Fire Department is investigating two separate fires this past week that they believe were intentionally set.
The first fire happened Monday night on Carson Boulevard. Firefighters battled a massive fire at an empty building being worked on for condominiums worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. CFD ruled the fire as intentional, and the ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Another fire started just before 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Brookhill Village apartments on Basin Street, just off of S. Tryon Street. Firefighters said the complex was set to be demolished.
"Those flames were roaring and it was coming out," said Selma Cherry, who lives lives and goes to church next door to where the fire happened. "When we saw it we just shouted, 'the house is on fire!' We called the fire department - that is all we could do."
No one was injured in either fire.
"It is a super weird coincidence that they would happen so close together, both in apartment complexes, both in the South End area," said Joelle McMahan.
McMahan lives in one of the half dozen apartment complexes in South End that are less than a mile from where the fires were set.
"It seems like it is moving this way, and this is where I live," McMahan explained. "This is concerning that someone would do it on purpose and it's so close by."
"It is scary, real scary. You never know who is going to be in the church, because we have meetings and practice and stuff inside the church," said Cherry.
CFD released a statement to WBTV that read, "Both fires were intentionally set. There no indications that both fires are related, but there's no evidence to suggest otherwise."
The investigation into both fires continues.