5-alarm fire at Steele Creek storage building confined to 1 unit, crews say

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — A massive five-alarm fire broke out overnight at a self-storage unit building in the Steele Creek area of ​​Charlotte.

Charlotte Fire Department officials said the fire was contained to a single unit. At 7 a.m. Thursday, crews were still working hard to bring the fire under control.

Crews were called to the Extra Space Storage building on South Tryon Street around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Crews were first called to the Extra Space Storage building on South Tryon Street around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. Video tweeted by the Charlotte Fire Department shows flames and heavy smoke billowing from the building.

A second alarm went off at 11:48 p.m., according to CFD Capt Jackie Gilmore. He said a third alarm went off shortly after noon Thursday, with officers from Medic and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police coming to help.

There were 90 firefighters on the scene at 4:30 a.m., a five-alarm call, Gilmore said.

The captain said the firefighters were unhurt, but were tired.

CFD Captain Jackie Gilmore said there were 90 firefighters on the scene at 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

According to Gilmore, the fire was contained to a single storage unit. The challenge for firefighters has been to contain the fire, while simultaneously having to access locked units and move sometimes heavy materials, such as furniture and appliances, that are inside.

Gilmore said firefighters were doing well but had to be pulled out several times for safety checks.

He asked drivers to exercise caution around the 10100 block of South Tryon Street as crews continue to clear the area.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Check back with WBTV for updates as they arrive.

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