Child wakes mother before east Charlotte home goes up in flames

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than 2-dozen firefighters were busy early Friday morning trying to put out flames at an east Charlotte home.

Fire crews were called around 5:30 a.m. to the home on Seaforth Drive, near Shamrock Drive, and reported heavy flames and smoke coming from the house.

Fire officials said a 3-year-old boy in the house alerted his mother to the fire. That the woman's husband was injured when he cut his arm as he helped them escape.

[IMAGES: Flames destroy east Charlotte home]

Paramedics said that man would be OK.

Three dogs in the home were rescued but officials said a cat died in the fire.

It took 28 firefighters roughly 20 minutes to get the fire under control.

Investigators said the fire started behind a couch but they are not sure yet how it started.

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