CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fire officials are trying to figure out what caused a fire in south Charlotte that hurt three people, including a fire investigator Wednesday morning.
Two residents of the Sun Valley Apartments were taken to the hospital with burns. The fire investigator suffered minor injuries.
The fire broke out at Sun Valley Apartments off of East Arrowood Road around 2:30 a.m.
"I wake up too and I start smelling something like burn and I said something is happening," said resident Angel Sorto.
He said when he opened the door, he noticed flames in the middle of the building. By the time firefighters arrived, the building was engulfed and crews were forced to take a defensive position.
"It was very dangerous. There was a partial collapse in the back and that's something that firefighters lose their life over all the time," said Battalion Chief Paula McDaniel.
The building is a total loss and at least 16 residents are displaced. The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.
There's no word on the condition of the two residents taken to the hospital. As for Angel Sorto, he says he feels lucky.
"All of the things I have in there, I can get new ones. But, my life is very important."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.