Charlotte firefighters and police officers were kept busy Monday morning on West Boulevard with a pair of unrelated events that happened within a few hundred yards of each other -- an apartment fire, and a collision involving a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school bus.
The fire was reported shortly after 7 a.m. at the Lakewood Manor apartments, in the 2700 block of Watson Drive. That is off West Boulevard, near Remount Road.
Charlotte fire Capt. Rob Brisley said crews found heavy smoke coming from the building when they arrived. He said it took a crew of 27 firefighters about 30 minutes to subdue the blaze.
A fire official said it appeared as if the blaze started in the leasing office, but investigators were working Monday morning to determine the exact cause.
One family was displaced by the fire, Brisley said.
A short time after firefighters arrived at the scene, police say a car crashed into the rear of a CMS bus on West Boulevard nearby. Students were aboard the bus, but there were no injuries.
West Boulevard was closed for about 30 minutes, while crews dealt with the fire and the school bus collision. The road was reopened before 7:45 a.m.