Update: Fire displaces Eight on Christmas, Two in Hospital

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An apartment fire on at Pressley Ridge Apartments on Rose Vine Place in Charlotte sent 2 people to the hospital with life threatening injuries, and displaced 8 people on Christmas morning. 

Charlotte firefighters had to rescue two people from an apartment in west Charlotte. When firefighters got there, they reported seeing heavy smoke coming from a two-story building.

"A fire whether it be on Christmas Day or on January 2 is always a tragedy but to see kids have to suffer like this on a day for giving, that even makes it more emotional for us," said Captaina Dennis Gist of the Charlotte Fire Department.

"I was able to break the window the bedroom window and all of the smoke came out but it was still so dark, the smoke, and it was so thick, i couldn't see anybody and I couldn't hear anybody," said nearby resident Deandrea Williams.

In all, four apartment units were damaged, displacing a dozen people.  Williams says her downstairs neighbors are a couple who are both disabled, and while the man got out, his wife and daughter were trapped inside.  Firefighters arrived in four minutes and the two were taken to the hospital.  Another neighbor also says that a man with downs syndrome lost his dog in the fire.

"I want someone to please donate a dog for him because that was his best friend & we seen him with the dog all the time," said Donja Martin, who lives across the street.

Firefighters tried to save as many presents as they could for families affected by the apartment fire.  They're also collecting donated toys to give to the children in the affected families.  Meanwhile the Red Cross is helping those who cannot stay in their homes.