4 injured, 2 jump from balcony to escape NC apartment fire

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Crews battled a two-alarm fire at an east Charlotte apartment complex Friday morning. 

The fire occurred at the Woodbridge Apartments located in the 6000 block of Yateswood Drive. Firefighters tweeted around 4:45 a.m. that heavy flames were visible.

Crews were able to get the fire under control shortly before 5:30 a.m. 

Captain Dennis Gist says by the time they arrived everyone was already out.

“Upon our arrival it appeared everyone was out. We did not physically pull anyone out,” Gist said.

However, It was a close call for many. Daniris Oliva Fuentes says her husband left for work at 3:30 a.m. She and her three children were sleeping and didn’t hear all the commotion from outside until her neighbor woke them up.

“He just kicked the door and said you have to get out the building is on fire,” Fuentes said. “When we got out the whole building was on fire already, thank God we were saved.”

Fuentes and many others escaped, but did not have enough time to grab any of their belongings.

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The American Red Cross spent the morning interviewing families in need. CATS provided buses so the families could wait in the air conditioning.

It’s unclear just how many families were displaced.

“It’s a little of everything – what items they need, do they have a place to go?” Kristjan Rahe, who is the disaster program manager of the American Red Cross, said. “We’re-evaluating as we go.”

Gist says no firefighters were injured while battling the blaze.

“We have a rehab center for them to get rotated out so they get plenty of rest and hydration,” Gist said.

Sixteen units were impacted in the blaze. 

Firefighters said two people were treated by MEDIC and two others were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Officials said the two people who were transported jumped from a balcony to escape the fire. 

The American Red Cross is helping the residents affected by the fire. 

It is unclear what caused the blaze.

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