A firefighter died while battling a 3-alarm fire Saturday night in a Pineville shopping center, Charlotte Fire chief Jon Hannan said.
Pineville Fire crews responded just after 9 p.m. to a fire at Edwin Watts in the Countryside Shopping Center off Pineville-Matthews Road. Charlotte Fire and Mecklenburg County Fire crews assisted.
Hannan said a mayday call sounded while firefighters were fighting the blaze.
Two firefighters were removed from the blaze and taken to Carolinas Medical Center, Hannan said.
One Pineville firefighter died and another firefighter sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to Hannan.
Huntersville Fire said local firefighters will send crews to Pineville to cover the area.
The Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal is leading the investigation and has not yet released the cause of the fire.
Reporter Jason Stoogenke and Alexa Ashwell are working to learn more Sunday about the investigation. Watch Eyewitness News starting at 6 p.m. for more on this story.
RIP brother, your shift is over. We'll take it from here.
Rest in Peace. Prayers to the family.