20 displaced in 2-alarm Charlotte apartment fire

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comApril 15, 2014 

Fire officials are working to determine the cause of a two-alarm blaze that roared through an apartment complex early Tuesday in southwest Charlotte.

No injuries were reported in the fire, which broke out about 2:30 a.m.

One resident’s pet dog is missing and feared dead.

A passing motorist spotted flames coming from the upper level of the two-story frame building at the Emerald Bay Apartments, in the 6600 block of Montcrest Drive. That is off Archdale Road near Old Pineville Road.

Firefighters found flames coming from the roof of the building when they arrived, and a second alarm was sounded. Charlotte fire Capt. Dennis Gist said it took a crew of 41 firefighters about 35 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

Firefighters battled the blaze in the midst of a thunderstorm and heavy rain.

The American Red Cross arrived on the scene soon after firefighters arrived, and Red Cross officials went to work, finding emergency lodging for the 20 residents who were displaced.

Red Cross officials said two apartment units were destroyed and five damaged.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle

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