Cigarette to blame for large apartment fire in east Charlotte

- An improperly discarded cigarette is to blame for a large fire at an east Charlotte apartment complex that injured four people and displaced at least 15 families, according to Charlotte Fire.

Firefighters responded to the Woodbridge Apartments, located in the 6600 block of Yateswood Drive, around 4:38 a.m. Friday to a complex with heavy smoke and fire at a two-story complex, near Albemarle Road and Regal Oaks Drive.

Evacuations were already in progress as crews arrived.

Captain Gist with Charlotte Fire said four people were treated for injuries. Two of the four patients were transported to the hospital, with non-life threatening injuries. 

After 20 minutes, firefighters were still working to gain control of the fire Friday morning. Control time was posted at 5:26 a.m. Flames could still be seen by crews on scene at that time, but firefighters do not expect the flames to spread any further.

The Red Cross was called in to assist with displaced residents. 

A shelter has been opened at Albemarle Middle School for residents and pets displaced by the fire.

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