Charlotte Firefighters Rescue Man from Church Building

Aug. 12--An occupant of a north Charlotte church building escaped injury after being rescued by firefighters in a two-alarm blaze early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The blaze was reported about 2:15 a.m. at Faith Liberation Community Christian Church, on Moretz Avenue and Lucena Street. That is in Charlotte's Druid Hills community, near Druid Hills School.

Charlotte fire Capt. Jackie Gilmore said a passerby noticed smoke coming from the building and called 911. Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the single-story building's doors and windows when they arrived. Crews quickly issued a second alarm.

Gilmore said the occupant of the building was unaware of the fire, and crews removed the person safely. Firefighters had to force their way through metal doors and remove steel bars from windows to get inside the building.

Gilmore said it took a crew of 42 firefighters about 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

Investigators said the fire was electrical in nature and started in the kitchen. Damage was estimated at $40,000, authorities said.

The American Red Cross sent a response team to the scene to provide help for firefighters.

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