Sunday morning fire deemed arson by Charlotte firefighters



CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A raging fire that ripped through eight condominiums in the early hours of Sunday morning has been deemed arson.

Dozens of Charlotte firefighters responded to the reported structure at 8022 Tremaine Court in east Charlotte. Initial 911calls suggested a number of persons trapped on the second floor as well as occupants attempting to jump from the balconies.

Crews from Fire Station 23 arrived within minutes of being dispatched at 3:07 a.m. and were confronted with heavy smoke and fire conditions involving a two-story, eight-unit condominium structure.

At one time, the raging flames racing out of control threatened to spread to adjacent buildings prompting fire command to summon additional firefighters to the scene.

Fire crews were diligent and resilient in their efforts until the forward progress of the fire was halted. A well-coordinated fire attack by 67 firefighters resulted in the knockdown of the fire and control of the incident in 30 minutes. There were no injuries reported.

The fire caused an estimated $300,000 to $350,000 in damage and the Carolinas Chapter of the Red Cross was on-scene to assist several families displaced as a result of the blaze.