2 firefighters injured, 8 displaced, including children, after fire at apartment complex in Statesville

2 firefighters injured, 8 displaced, including children, after fire at apartment complex in Statesville
Officials say two firefighters were injured, while six adults and two children were displaced after a fire at an apartment complex in Statesville Wednesday morning. (Statesville Fire Department)

STATESVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) - Officials say two firefighters were injured, while six adults and two children were displaced after a fire at an apartment complex in Statesville Wednesday morning.

According to the Statesville Fire Department, the incident happened at a quadruple apartment complex on West Sharp Street around 9 a.m.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and have been treated and released by the city’s medical provider.

The building, valued at $140,790, suffered about 50 percent fire damage.

Officials say none of the occupants were injured, however the tenant in the apartment above where the fire started narrowly escaped since she was sleeping at the time.

Fortunately, a neighbor from across the street saw the advancing flames and notified the tenants of the danger.

Officials say American Red Cross was notified to help the families involved and has already reviewed their needs.

Firefighters are helping occupants retrieve some of their belongings like medications and valuables.

Crews say the fire started in the bedroom of the ground floor apartment, but the cause will remain undetermined after the investigation.

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