Firefighters extinguish massive apartment fire in Cornelius, no serious injuries reported

Officials said the fire happened in the Bexley at Lake Norman apartment complex.
Crews were called out to a major fire at a Cornelius apartment complex on Wednesday evening.
Published: May. 3, 2023 at 7:11 PM EDT
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CORNELIUS, N.C. (WBTV) - Firefighters have extinguished a major apartment fire in Cornelius on Wednesday evening.

According to the Huntersville Fire Department, the fire happened on Sterling Bay Lane at the Bexley at Lake Norman apartment complex.

Firefighters said the fire was put out within 30 minutes, after crews responded shortly before 6 p.m.

While fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, they say it caused extensive damage.

The good news is that everyone got out without serious injuries.

As for pets, several were rescued, but at least one dog and cat died.

Sofia Scattolon, who was home at the time of the fire, said she quickly put her 8-year-old daughter on her shoulders and ran outside to safety.

“It’s terrifying because you don’t know if... you could be sleeping and not hear anybody screaming, but we did,” said Scattolon. “We were in the living room and we just heard our neighbors screaming ‘there’s a fire in the building.’”

Huntersville firefighters assisted departments from Cornelius and Davidson.

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