By Glenn Counts
Investigators have confirmed that a candle left unattended was the cause of a massive fire which ravaged dozens of apartments in Charlotte’s south over the weekend. Investigators said that multiple people lost their homes.
Charlotte Fire Department responded to a call at 2 pm on Sunday for the SouthPark Apartments, located off Quail Hollow Road. The firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the burning building.
In less than 20 minutes, more than 50 firefighters collaborated to put out the fires. Charlotte Fire reported that one firefighter suffered minor injuries, but no civilians.
Investigators reported that the fire was accidentally started by an unattended orphan candle.
Jhaniyah lives next door to her and says that she had never witnessed anything similar before. She and her family immediately thought of the tenants.
Jhaniyah: “The most important thing was to make sure that everyone survived and no harm came to them. I knew there were dogs on the third-floor.”
The fire damaged between five and six apartments. Justin Phillips, a firefighter from the department said that he is grateful for not having it worse.
He said, “At the moment we are not aware of any reports of civilian injuries.” We have had two minor injuries to firefighter; both were treated at the scene and did not go to hospital.
Jhaniyah stated, “It is very frightening.” “Honestly, it’s hard to believe that I will be able to go back home tonight after this.”
Red Cross helps those who have been displaced due to the fire.
Charlotte Fire estimated that the fire caused damage of $1 million.
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