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Firefighters: Heavy smoke at uptown highrise caused by construction work

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Heavy smoke pouring out of one of the upper floors of a high-rise apartment building in uptown Charlotte Tuesday was caused by construction workers cutting drywall, Charlotte Fire Department officials said.

Firefighters responded to the report of a fire at Hall House, a vacant Charlotte Housing Authority in the 500 block of North Tryon Street, around 3:31 p.m.

Workers at another high-rise building across the street had reported seeing smoke coming from the windows of one of the upper floors of the property.

CFD Spokesman Rob Brisley said it is department policy to upgrade to a two-alarm response anytime there is visible smoke in a high-rise building.

Firefighters shut down North Tryon Street for about thirty minutes Tuesday between 5th and 9th streets as they checked Hall House for fire.

The scene was cleared at 4 p.m. after firefighters determined the source of the smoke to be construction work in the building.

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