CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) – A fire at an east Charlotte apartment complex that has displaced 130 people and sent seven to the hospital Monday morning was intentionally set, according to Charlotte Fire.
Busy night, 3 Alarm Fire 5600 Farm Pond Lane, 3 story apartment with heavy fire on arrival, we have a FC Tech on scene assisting command
— Charlotte Fire Comms (@CFD_Alarm) July 17, 2017
It happened around 1:50 a.m. in the 5600 block of Farm Pond Lane at Woodscape Apartments in east Charlotte. Charlotte fire crews reported heavy fire upon arrival.
Residents reported people dropping children from the third floor of the building because the stairwell was on fire, and they could not use it to escape.
The fire started on the outside of the building, went through the stairwell and up to the roof, so the smoke detectors and the sprinklers, which are inside each apartment, did not go off until residents were already all out safely, according to fire investigators.
Some residents tell Fox 46 Charlotte they woke up from the smell of smoke and burning wood, and then they started alerting neighbors, knocking on doors and telling them to get out.
Maria Garcia spoke to Fox 46 through an interpreter, who said, “She was like the only thing I could grab was my daughter, my daughter and that’s it.”
Crews monitoring structure on Farm Pond Ln; Approximately 40 units affected with 130 persons displaced; 4:54 am; RCannon pic.twitter.com/VdJ5SSPM6R
— Charlotte Fire Dept. (@charlottefire) July 17, 2017
Witnesses told FOX 46 Charlotte they watched as residents jumped from the 3-story apartment complex to escape the smoke and flames. Seven residents were rushed to the hospital.