As the heat index reached more than 100 degrees Saturday afternoon, dozens of firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at an east Charlotte home.
No one was hurt in the blaze, which was reported just before 2:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of Iron Gate Lane, not far from the intersection of North Sharon Amity and Albemarle roads.
When firefighters arrived, officials said, they saw fire and smoke showing from the home, a townhouse-style condo. Charlotte Fire Capt. Rob Brisley said it took 45 firefighters 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control.
Battalion Chief Keith Rogers said the condo is in a building of eight adjoining units, and firefighters worked quickly to prevent the fire from spreading. Four units were damaged, and their inhabitants – 12 adults, three children and a handful of dogs – were displaced, Rogers said.
Three firefighters were given intravenous fluids, Rogers said, but all three soon were cleared to go back to work.
Fire investigators remained on scene into the evening. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. The American Red Cross said it was assisting the displaced families.