Two people who firefighters in North Carolina couldn’t reach in time were found deαd Friday when crews searched the rubble of a massive construction fire.
Two workers were reported missing after a fire on Thursday at the construction site of a luxury apartment complex in Charlotte’s affluent South Park neighborhood. Still, their identities have not been released by authorities.
Although the fire required the efforts of over 90 firefighters and a worker who became trapped on top of a crane, nobody else was hurt in the blaze.
“I’ve never seen a fire of this magnitude,” reported Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings, who has been on the force for 31 years. As the saying goes, “It’s devastating, heartbreaking.”
According to Charlotte Fire Chief Reginald Johnson, the blaze is believed to have begun around 9 a.m. on Thursday in a trailer used to spray insulation into the building’s walls.
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The chief said they hadn’t had time to investigate the trailer yet thoroughly, so they don’t know what started the fire.
“Obviously, the building’s still in a state where it is not safe for all of our members to go in,” According to Johnson,
You can also take a look at the tweet provided by Axios Charlotte below:
🚨 FIRE IN SOUTHPARK: Fire crews are responding to a massive fire in SouthPark right now.
WHAT WE KNOW: The three-alarm fire broke out just after 9am at 7700 Liberty Row Drive.
– According to transportation officials, Fairview Road East is closed near Park South Drive.
This is… pic.twitter.com/sZUtj3W5yn
— Axios Charlotte (@axioscharlotte) May 18, 2023
Massive red flames and thick black smoke rose from the blaze. At least two fire crews, including one that could hear the cries of the trapped people on the sixth floor but couldn’t see them through the smoke, had to make mayday calls and be rescued from the rapidly spreading fire, Johnson said.
“They were going by sound, trying to get to them but were unable to get to them before conditions changed, “ Johnson stated. “They had to call a mayday.”
Fifteen people, including the crane operator, were saved by the firefighters inside the building. So that he could descend to safety, Johnson said, firefighters brought him protective gear.
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