UPDATE: Improperly discarded smoking material results in $1.25M in estimated fire damage to Pebble Creek Apartments

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UPDATE 8:40 a.m. 4/3/21: The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled the cause of Friday’s fire at Pebble Creek Apartments as being accidental and resulted from improperly discarded smoking materials.

Damage from the fire is estimated to be $1.25 million.

(above drone footage courtesy of Lt. S. Lacy, Roanoke County Fire & Rescue).

Roanoke County Fire and Rescue said that there were smoke alarms that were working; however, due to the fire spreading from the balcony on the exterior into the attic space, the alarms did not sound immediately.

Fire crews are reminding everyone not to discard cigarettes in vegetation including mulch, potted plants or anything that can quickly and easily ignite. Also, be sure that any smoking materials that are discarded are fully extinguished by dousing in water or sand.

UPDATE 9:10 p.m.: Roanoke County Fire and Rescue battled a structure fire Friday evening at Pebble Creek Apartments in the Cave Spring section of Roanoke County.

When crews first arrived, shortly after 5:10 p.m. on Friday, April 2, they found heavy fire and smoke coming from the second and third stories and was heading toward the roof of the three-story apartment building.

It took crews about one hour to get the fire under control.

All occupants were able to safely evacuate and no injuries were reported. However, residents in 12 of the building’s 24 apartments will be displaced. The American Red Cross is helping those affected by the fire.

The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — At least a dozen apartments have been affected by a fire at the Pebble Creek Apartments in the Tanglewood area of Roanoke County.

No injuries were reported after flames and smoke began pouring from units at the complex at Circle Brook Drive.

Roanoke County firefighters say neighbors went door to door to make sure everyone got out safely.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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