CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Over 130 people were left without homes after a massive fire erupted at an east Charlotte apartment complex early Monday, officials said. 

According to Charlotte Fire, firefighters responded to a fire at the Woodscape Apartments on Farm Pond Lane around 1 a.m. When crews arrived on the scene, they discovered extensive damage with heavy fire coming from the building. Charlotte Fire tweeted that a team of 50 firefighters got the blaze under control in about an hour. 

According to Charlotte Fire, 40 units were destroyed in the blaze. Medic said that seven people were taken to the hospital with injuries during the fire. Officials with the American Red Cross arrived on the scene to assist those displaced by the fire. Multiple CATS buses arrived to transport those people to emergency shelters in the area. 

Medic said that three people suffered serious injuries during the fire. Four people suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening, according to Medic. All seven patients were taken to CMC-Main for treatment, officials confirmed.

“The whole building is just blazing in the fire, so I told my family, ‘come on, let’s get out of the house,'” said one neighbor. “The heat was so powerful, it scared us from trying to go down the stairs, but we made it down.” 

The man went on to say he didn’t think he’d have escaped if not for his fiancee, who woke up and saw red. Many…