A Candle Blamed for Sparking Deadly Fire In East Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC. — A candle is blamed for sparking a house fire that killed a little boy in East Charlotte. Five other children and two adults are in critical condition.

Deborah Schaeffer saw the blaze across the street from her home on Academy Street in East Charlotte around 12:45 Wednesday morning.

“Grabbed the phone and called 911 real quick,” says Schaeffer.

Charlotte Fire says 10 people were in the house when a candle left burning sparked the fire. Eight people were rushed to the hospital, one of them an 8-year-old boy. He later died.

“It’s heart-wrenching you know, it really is. I got grandkids and stuff, you know and to think of losing one of them in a fire, that’s terrible.”

CFD Battalion Chief Matt Westover says the home did have a working smoke alarm.

“We know that it was activated so that it did, even though that this is a tragic situation, it did help and not be quite as bad as it could’ve been,” says Battalion Chief Westover.

It’s unclear if all 10 people who were in the home were living there.