CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A City of Charlotte employee was killed in a house fire in northwest Charlotte. Firefighters responded to a home on Elderbank Drive just before 3am on Sunday, April 30th. Upon arrival, firefighters say heavy smoke and fire was venting from the roof of the split-level home.
Fire officials say it took 30 firefighters 23 minutes to bring the fire under control. Robert Wilson, 45, a City of Charlotte employee with the Solid Waste Department died in the fire, according to a news release. Charlotte Fire Department investigators deemed the fire accidental and the cause was due to an electrical problem.
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles sent us the below statement:
“I am saddened by the news of Robert Wilson’s passing, a dedicated member of our city’s Solid Waste team. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. Losing a loved one is never easy, and the circumstances surrounding this tragedy make it all the more heartbreaking. Robert’s work and contributions as a public servant will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones as they navigate this difficult time.”