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East Charlotte apartment fire caused by lightning strike, firefighters say

One firefighter sustained minor injuries and no civilians were hurt in the overnight fire.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After an investigation, the Charlotte Fire Department has determined the cause of a 2-alarm apartment fire that erupted in east Charlotte early Sunday morning.

The department tweeted it was responding to the fire on along Tremaine Court near Albemarle Road, around 3 a.m. Crews escalated the fire to a second alarm shortly after.

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The department said 60 firefighters were able to control the fire in 90 minutes.

In another tweet released Sunday morning, the department said that the fire was accidental and caused by a lightning strike.

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No civilians were hurt in the fire, but one firefighter suffered minor injuries. The firefighter has been treated and was released from the hospital.

The American Red Cross is on the scene and providing assistance to the occupants.

Check back here as this story develops and on the WCNC Charlotte app.


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