OSHA officers investigating deadly fire in SouthPark

CHARLOTTE — Compliance officers with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating Thursday morning’s deadly fire in SouthPark, a spokesperson told Channel 9.

The massive fire broke out at an apartment complex under construction in the SouthPark area of Charlotte, killing at least one person. Construction worker Demonte Sherrill, 30, died in the fire, family members said. Another worker is unaccounted for.

Charlotte Fire Chief Reginald Johnson said firefighters rescued 15 workers from the building, including one who was on a crane.

Paramedics said one person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. They said two more people were evaluated but were not transported.


The Charlotte Fire Department said it Thursday night could not confirm any fatalities.

“The search process can be lengthy,” Charlotte fire tweeted. “We can not confirm a loss of life. This fire has been difficult for our community, and our firefighters continue to diligently work on scene to find answers.”

It is unclear how long the process of investigating will take for OSHA. Channel 9 is working to learn more and will provide updates as they come in.

(WATCH BELOW: Deadly fire breaks out at construction site in SouthPark area of Charlotte)

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