A fully-engulfed fire in south Charlotte shoots massive flames into the sky near Southpark Mall in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Officials are responding to a five-alarm fire in the SouthPark Mall area of south Charlotte Thursday.

The Charlotte Fire Department is responding to the blaze along Liberty Row Drive, not far from SouthPark Towers.

WCNC Charlotte crews could see large smoke clouds and flames shooting hundreds of feet into the air from the area of Barclay Downs Drive and Fairview Road when the fire broke out.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is asking people to avoid the SouthPark area so their crews can respond to the fire efficiently. Drivers are being asked by CMPD to avoid Liberty Drive, Fairview Road, Assembly Street, Barclay Downs Drive and Park South Drive until all flames are contained.