Community works to get results for 130 displaced by fire that was intentionally set

- A fire at an east Charlotte apartment complex that has displaced 130 people and sent seven to the hospital Monday morning was intentionally set, according to Charlotte Fire.

It happened around 1:50 a.m. in the 5600 block of Farm Pond Lane at Woodscape Apartments in east Charlotte. Charlotte fire crews reported heavy fire upon arrival.
CMPD has not released any information on who they’re looking for--the arsonist they say set the place on fire.

Residents reported people dropping children from the third floor of the building because the stairwell was on fire, and they could not use it to escape.

The fire started on the outside of the building, went through the stairwell and up to the roof, so the smoke detectors and the sprinklers, which are inside each apartment, did not go off until residents were already all out safely, according to fire investigators.

Some residents tell Fox 46 Charlotte they woke up from the smell of smoke and burning wood, and then they started alerting neighbors, knocking on doors and telling them to get out.

Maria Garcia spoke to Fox 46 through an interpreter, who said, “She was like the only thing I could grab was my daughter, my daughter and that’s it.”

Witnesses told FOX 46 Charlotte they watched as residents jumped from the 3-story apartment complex to escape the smoke and flames. Seven residents were rushed to the hospital. 
More than 40 apartment units were damaged in the overnight fire. American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist more than 130 residents who were evacuated and now have no place to live.
The 3-alarm blaze took more than 50 firefighters over an hour to control the fire.
The western NC regional Red Cross opened a shelter at Albermarle Road Middle School (6900 Democracy Dr.) for the residents affected, including many families and children. Red Cross officials say this is the largest shelter for fire victims they've had in seven years.
The Red Cross is asking for monetary donations to assist the victims. Food, clothing and other donations can be dropped off at New Hope Baptist Church (7841 Idlewild Rd.) which will accept donations from 5-7pm Monday and between 10am-6pm Tuesday.
Firefighters estimate the total damage loss at $300,000. 
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