The early morning fire Monday that left 130 Charlotteans without a home – and seven people hospitalized – was intentionally set, reports the Observer’s news partner WBTV.
Three of the people had serious injuries, the station reported.
Charlotte Fire Department officials said 40 apartment units were impacted by the fire at the Woodscape apartments on Farm Pond Lane. It took more than 50 firefighters an hour to put out the heavy flames, the department said.
Charlotte TV station WSOC reported Monday afternoon the fire caused more than $300,000 in damage. The station reported the heat and flames were so intense that two tenants had to jump to safety from the third floor. Among those who jumped was a woman who first tossed a baby to someone on the ground below, a witness told the station. That woman broke her ankle when she jumped, the witness told the station.
WBTV spoke to tenants of the apartment building.
“I opened my door and all I seen was flames,” tenant Renee Mack told WBTV.
“I didn’t hear no smoke alarm, no sprinklers, no nothing… We…