An apartment fire that started from a first floor kitchen caused between $250,000 and $300,000 in damage, said the Assistant Matthews Fire Chief Jay Gurian.
But town spokeswoman Annette Privette Keller said the department is still calculating a final damages estimate.
Two people were injured Friday night in the three-alarm fire that damaged 23 apartment units in Matthews.
Firefighters were called at about 8:30 p.m. Friday to the Berkshires at Matthews apartments, in the 1700 block of Chambers Drive, off Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Privette Keller said. The apartment complex is a short distance north of East Independence Boulevard near Butler High School.
Fire officials said two people were injured, apparently when they jumped from third-floor balconies in the three-story building. Medic reported that one person suffered life-threatening injuries, and the other persons injuries were described as non-life-threatening.
No updates on their conditions were available Monday morning.
It took more than 60 firefighters from the Matthews, Stallings, Mint Hill, Idlewild and Charlotte departments more than an hour to bring the fire under control.
Over the weekend, fire officials said the blaze started in the kitchen of a first-floor unit. It appears as if the cause was food left cooking on a stove.
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