Massive Fire in SouthPark area of Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WCCB)–More than 90 firefighters were called to battle a massive fire at an apartment complex that was under construction near SouthPark Mall. The fire started shortly after 9am on Liberty Row Drive. Fire officials say two workers are currently unaccounted for at this time.

Fifteen construction workers were rescued by firefighters. Fire officials say two maydays were called during the rescue missions and firefighters had to go in to assist the firefighter who called maydays.

Video from the scene showed a construction worker was trapped in the crane that was in the middle of the construction zone. That worker was rescued from the crane a short time later. He was transported to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Fire officials say the fire was extremely fast moving and had temperatures at more than 2,000 degrees. Firefighters also had to deal with several addition spot fires and rooftop fires that were caused by ambers.

SouthPark Mall is closed due to the proximity of the fire. Officials are asking the public to not call 911 unless there is an absolute emergency. Motorists are advised to stay away from the area. There are numerous roads closed in the area.



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