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Charlotte firefighters battle 3 blazes

Charlotte fire officials are still trying to determine what caused three blazes they battled across the city on Saturday.

One fire was reported early Saturday morning in the 1200 block of Swann Branch Drive in southwest Charlotte.

The family was alerted by smoke detectors and began looking for their two cats, said Capt. Jackie Gilmore.

The family exited the single-story home but were unable to find one of the cats, he said.

Fire units arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke coming from the garage. Firefighters used 3 hose lines to control the fire, which had traveled from the garage through the walls and into the attic, said Gilmore.

Ultimately it took 23 firefighters 90 minutes to control that fire, with no injuries reported.

Because of the extensive damage, firefighters remained on scene through the overnight hours to prevent rekindle, said Gilmore.

The cause of the fire has not been determined yet, said Gilmore, adding that the estimated property loss was $175,000.

Later on Saturday morning, about 7:30 a.m., a fire was reported in the 2900 bock of Dogwood Avenue in northeast Charlotte. When officials arrived, smoke was visible from the attic, said Capt. Dennis Gist.

The family of four was alerted by smoke detectors and quickly exited their home,” said Gilmore.

Ultimately, it took 23 firefighters 15 minutes to control the fire on Dogwood Avenue, he said.

Four people were also displaced, although there were no injuries, Gist said.

Firefighters covered furniture with tarps to minimize damage to the interior of the structure, said Gilmore.

Investigators deemed the fire accidental, saying it was likely caused by an electrical problem in the attic, said Gilmore. He added that the fire caused an estimated property loss of $10,000.

And a third fire occurred Saturday afternoon at a home in west Charlotte near Robert L. Smith District Park, Gist said.

The fire was reported about 4:48 p.m. in the 9100 block of Black Heath Circle. When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke was showing, Gist said.

It took 22 firefighters 16 minutes to control the fire on Black Heath Circle, fire officials said. No injuries were reported.

The Volunteer Disaster Action Team from the American Red Cross also responded to Saturday’s fires. The volunteers offered assistance to one adult and one child who were affected in the Black Heath Circle fire, said spokeswoman Christie Frazier.

They also helped two adults affected by the Swann Branch Drive fire.

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