South End arson results in $2M in damages, officials say

Upscale townhomes under construction in south Charlotte were damaged in a massive fire Monday morning.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Investigators have determined that the 3-alarm fire in South End early Monday morning was intentionally set, Charlotte Fire confirmed. That fire resulted in an estimated property loss of $2 million.

Charlotte Fire responded to a structure fire in the 100 block of East Palmer Street around 1:30 a.m. About 30 minutes later, officials were forced to shut down South Tryon Street between Morehead and Bland Street while emergency crews were on the scene. Crews re-opened South Tryon a few minutes after 4:30. East Carson Boulevard was also closed during the incident. 

Residents in neighboring apartments were evacuated, but after firefighters controlled the blaze, they were allowed to return home. Officials say the building that caught on fire was vacant and under construction.

Tuesday, the ATF announced a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the devastating fire.

The fire caused a temporary closure of Midnight Diner while crews worked to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters battled the flames for about an hour before it was considered under control.

Charlotte Fire reported no injuries in the incident. 

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. You can also call Charlotte Fire at 704-336-3970. 

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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