No injuries reported in major Concord apartment fire

Several families were displaced after the two-alarm fire.
Most of the units in the apartment building sustained some type of damage on Tuesday afternoon.
Published: Oct. 3, 2023 at 5:05 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2023 at 1:57 PM EDT
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CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) – On Wednesday officials with the Concord Fire Department said that the cause of the fire that heavily damaged a three-story apartment building is “officially undetermined.”

They did add that they believe the fire started on the exterior of a second-floor apartment.

Crews responded to that two-alarm fire at the Creekside Apartments in Concord Tuesday afternoon. That was off American Avenue Northeast, between Church Street and Branchview Drive.

“First engine companies arrived on scene with heavy fire and smoke showing,” Concord Fire Chief Jake Williams said.

When the fire was discovered, witnesses said one resident began going door-to-door to warn others to get out. Firefighters arrived within three minutes and also worked to make sure everyone was outside.

“I was smelling smoke. Firemen came in and asked me to leave,” resident Nina Gray said. “He said, ‘Ma’am, we need you to get out,’ and he said, ‘There’s a fire next door to you; we need you to leave now,’ so I got out.”

Six minutes after firefighters arrived the call was upgraded to a two-alarm fire at 4:04 p.m. Firefighters were able to control the fire within 22 minutes.

A total of 20 units responded to the scene, including Concord Fire, Concord Police Department, and Cabarrus County EMS and mutual aid from Kannapolis Fire.

The fire tore through three floors of a building in the complex. Several families were displaced and the Red Cross was on the scene providing aid to them.

“There were no injuries reported,” Chief Williams added. “All the firefighters, no injuries, everybody was okay.”

Williams added that 39 firefighters responded to the scene.

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