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One person injured, nearly 30 people displaced in South Charlotte fire

Updated: May. 8, 2021 at 3:44 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A person suffered serious burn injuries after a fire in south Charlotte.

The incident occurred Saturday afternoon on the 1300 block of Beacon Ridge Road. The three-story apartment complex had visible flames as firefighters arrived.

Charlotte Fire late upgraded the blaze to a two-alarm fire.

“A lot of the fires that we respond to the firefighters get there so quick and we’re able to bring them under control, but this fire here we received multiple 911 calls and immediately was upgraded to a working fire,” Charlotte Fire Capt. Jackie Gilmore said. “Upon arrival, we could see the heavy black smoke from the distance so firefighters were able to make an aggressive attack and control the fire.”

A firefighter was evaluated at the scene for minor injuries and then returned to service.

Lenny Plisov lives inside of the complex and said he was walking to the grocery store when he noticed the firetrucks and smelled the smoke.

“It was a pretty bad fire,” Plisov said. “Thank you to the firefighters, police, and emergency troops because they were doing a really good job...and right now [there are] no fires.”

Officials later determined the fire accidental. Twenty-four adults and three children were displaced, with the Red Cross assisting. Several pets were killed. Two cats were saved.

The fire caused roughly $375,00 in damage.

It took more than 50 firefighters to control the fire.

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