One displaced after lithium battery explodes, sparks fire in southeast Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Crews were dispatched to southeast Roanoke early Wednesday morning after a lithium battery exploded and sparked a fire.

According to tweets from Roanoke Fire-EMS shortly after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, crews were dispatched to this working fire because of a fire alarm going off at Morningside Manor in southeast Roanoke, but when they got to the scene, personnel found smoke filling the hallway of the fifth floor.

The department says the crews on scene marked a second alarm due to the size of the structure and the number of residents.

The majority of residents reportedly evacuated from the building and the firefighters located the source of the fire, which was extinguished.

No one was hurt in the fire, but fire officials say one resident is displaced due to the fire.

According to the department, the cause of the fire was determined to be accidental resulting from a lithium battery that had exploded. However, according to Kristen Perdue with Roanoke Fire-EMS, the cause of the battery explosion is still undetermined.

Note: This article has been edited to correct the time of the initial call about the fire, as well as to clarify the cause of the fire.

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