Fire destroys southeast Charlotte apartment complex

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Fire destroys southeast Charlotte apartment complex

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 10:33 AM

South Charlotte apartment fire

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fire ripped through an apartment building Wednesday night and it took more than 60 Charlotte firefighters to bring it under control.

Everyone was able to get out of the 22-unit building alive, which is part of the Matthews Crossing apartment complex on Carter Creek Drive.

Charlotte Fire Department spokesperson Captain Rob Brisley said, "Early arriving firefighters had to deal with heavy fire conditions that were raging through the roof and attic while at the same time going door to door to ensure everybody was out of harms way."

(Click here to see images from the fire)

A resident of the building next door, Frankie Matos, took dramatic home video of the flames that he said were shooting 30 or 40 feet into the night sky.

"I know some of the folks that were living in that apartment and I went over to see if they were safe or not, and they are safe," said Matos.

While firefighters worked to bring the fire under control, residents and friends who came by to check on loved ones were kept well back.  Terrell Setti came to check on his aunt and make sure she was OK.

"She's a little flustered right now but what can you expect at a time like this?" he said.

The Red Cross has taken all those who had to evacuate to the complex club house where arrangements will be made to help them.

There is no word on how the fire started.

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