Realty company’s Elizabeth building intentionally set on fire, investigators say

CHARLOTTE — A fire in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood was intentionally set, the Charlotte Fire Department reports.

The building, which belongs to W Realty Group, caught fire around midnight Saturday. It’s located on Park Drive near the intersection of Seventh Street and Caswell Road.

Jeffery Augustine, 31, was charged with setting the fire, officials say.

The area is right near Independence Park.

According to the Charlotte Fire Department, it took 30 firefighters 45 minutes to extinguish the fire.

Charlotte Fire investigators said the fire was intentionally set and caused $115,000 in damage.

No one reported injuries, MEDIC said.

The realty office said security video from just moments before showed Augustine.

“It’s a real shame,” said neighbor David Hall. “My sense is that this house is probably 100 years old or more, and it’s been a part of this community for a long, long time, just like this park has.”

W Realty Group said Monday they are still working with clients remotely.

This is a developing story; check wsoctv.com for updates.

(WATCH BELOW: None injured in intentionally set overnight fire, CFD says)