UPDATE 10:11 a.m: Fire officials announced Thursday morning that they determined the overnight fire that displaced three people and a dog in northeast Roanoke was accidental.
UPDATE 4:24 a.m.: WFXR News learned new details about the overnight fire that left three northeast Roanoke residents and at least one pet displaced on Thursday.
WFXR News spoke with Donald Gill, one of the men who lives at the house that burned down, who says smoke started coming from an electric blanket left under a couch in the living room.
Gill says his son tried to put the fire out, but flames started shooting through the roof within minutes. However, Gill — along with his son and a child — managed to escape through the back door.
“Flames shooting through the ceiling all the way from the couch. We went out the back door. By the time we got out the back door, the fire spread all the way into the kitchen,” said Gill. “I’ve been there so long and hate to see it like this. They said it gutted the living room and kitchen. I don’t know what we’re going to do right now.”
Even though they lost a few hamsters and guinea pigs in the fire, the man told WFXR News he and the other two people in the house are alright.
According to Capt. Brian Wray, firefighters spent approximately 15 minutes putting out the fire, which presented additional obstacles due to the uphill direction of the fire and the electrical wires in the yard.
The house is reportedly expected to be declared a total loss.
UPDATE 1 a.m.: Three people and a dog are displaced after a house fire in Roanoke.
According to Roanoke Fire-EMS, crews were dispatched to the 1400 block of Eastgate Avenue NE at midnight on Thursday, Aug. 13. When first responders arrived, the department says they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the house.
The three people and a dog who were reportedly inside the home at the time of the fire escaped safely and are receiving assistance from the Red Cross. However, fire officials say some pets have not been accounted for yet.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Crews are currently on scene of a fire in Roanoke.
According to the Roanoke Fire-EMS Twitter account, the fire is in the 1400 block of Eastgate Avenue NE.
WFXR has a crew on the way to the scene. Stay with us for updates.
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