Three Charlotte firefighters injured while evacuating a family, pets from house fire

Three Charlotte Fire Department firefighters were injured early Thursday morning while fighting a house fire in north Charlotte.

The department said crews arriving at about 2:43 a.m. saw heavy fire coming from a two-story home in the 2800 block of Grimes Street.

A mayday alarm was sounded at 2:58 a.m. while firefighters worked inside the home, and an immediate second alarm was called, instructing the firefighters to evacuate the building.

The three that were injured were taken to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Three residents inside the home, as well as their pets, were uninjured. The department said the family was alerted to the fire because of smoke detectors in the home.

After the firefighters evacuated, the department switched to battling the fire, which took about an hour to bring under control.

The fire is under investigation and the family is being assisted by American Red Cross.