Residents in fear of arsonist targeting apartment complex

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Residents of a north Charlotte apartment complex are afraid an arsonist could hit their home next. 

Authorities say the Hunters Pointe Apartment Complex has intentionally been set on fire for the second time in a month.

"I want to know if we have an arsonist out here setting fires," said Resident Debra Sanders.

For the second time in a month, residents say they've been left in the dark.

"They're telling me they don't know anything about a fire," said Sanders.

Contractors spent Monday cleaning up the charred remains from Sunday morning's blaze at a unit in the middle of the complex.

"I saw the ambulances and I smelled the smoke," said resident Rakiel Brooks.  "And I thought that's another fire for real-- and my mom saw the fire from her window."

"I go to the rent office to pay my rent, and I ask-- 'was it another fire?' And no one knows anything," Sanders said.

More than 50 firefighters were on the scene Sunday morning fighting the flames.  A dog was rescued from inside the home.

"I'm just glad no one got hurt," Brooks said.  "Like no kids and no one's family members,"

Damages from Sunday morning's fire are estimated at $75,000. Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to call Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600.