CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fire officials are investigating the cause of a two-alarm fire in north Charlotte. The fire broke out at the Townes at University Point apartment complex on Countryside Drive.
Three units were damaged, but only two of the units were occupied. The fire left a single father and his two children displaced. The Red Cross is assisting the three displaced families. There were no reports of any injuries.
Neighbors say everything happened quickly.
"I just see all the ambulances so I just jumped in the vehicle and came down here," said neighbor Roderick Anderson.
People who witnessed the fire said it was only a matter of minutes before the unit was engulfed in flames. The man who lived in the apartment said he left the home for about 20 minutes to walk his kids to day camp. When he returned, he learned all of his belongings were gone.
"I signed them into the daycare at 7:17 a.m. and I got back and the fire trucks were already here," said the father.
Fire officials say the blaze started somewhere on the first floor and quickly spread to the second floor. The family's dog was inside the home and crews were able to save him.
"The crew heard what sounded like a small child, were able to go upstairs and found a puppy," said Battalion Chief Tom Link of the Charlotte Fire Department.
Two neighboring units were also damaged. Firefighters were back on the scene later Wednesday morning, when high levels of carbon monoxide was detected after the fire had been put out. Firefighters evacuated other families from the complex, however they should be able to return by Wednesday afternoon.