Three-Alarmer Breaks Out at N.C. Condo Complex


A three-alarm fire broke out at condos on Winery Lane just after 5 p.m. Monday.

More than 60 firefighters were called to the condos, located near Albemarle Road and Harris Boulevard. Battling flames in the wintry weather was challenging, but the conditions did not cause any fire hydrants or water hoses to freeze, firefighters said.

“Early on, the conditions were so overwhelming," Capt. Rob Brisley said. “Part of the roof collapsed.”

No one was hurt in the fire, which caused a total of about $500,000 in damage to the condos. Seven families were displaced by the fire.

Two dogs and two cats were rescued from the flames, firefighters said. One dog is being treated by Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control and is expected to survive.

“It’s awesome (that) no one was hurt. That’s the only thing were thankful for and that all the animals are also going to be OK,” fire victim Travis Farkas said.

The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross is working with the people affected by the fire, providing assistance for food, shelter, clothing and other immediate needs.

Firefighters will remain at the scene overnight. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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