Four people were hurt and 39 were left homeless after a two-alarm fire ripped through an east Charlotte apartment before dawn Friday.
Two among the injured were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said fire department officials. The other two injured people were treated at the scene, said Dennis Gist of the Charlotte Fire Department. One dog was killed in the fire, officials said.
WBTV is reporting the two people who were transported to a hospital had jumped from an balcony to escape the fire.
The apartment community is called The Woodbridge Apartments, located near the intersection of Albemarle Road and East W.T. Harris.
WSOC reported some people jumped from second-story windows to to escape.
“I was just asleep and woke up and the apartment below mine was on fire and that’s all we know,” Chris Roberston told WSOC at the scene. “Nobody told us anything. They just told us to get out and come over here.”
The fire was reported at 4:38 a.m. in the 6000 block of Yateswood Drive. A Charlotte Fire Department tweet at 4:45 a.m. reported heavy flames were visible when crews arrived.
Investigators say the cause was an “improperly discarded cigarette” and damage was estimated at $259,650.
The Red Cross opened a shelter for the 39 residents and two pets at Albemarle Road Middle School, 6900 Democracy Drive. CATS was providing transportation to the school, officials said. Red Cross officials say 15 units in the building were damaged by the fire.