UPDATE: Seven people hospitalized, including firefighters, after Saturday night fire in Franklin County

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UPDATE 1:49 p.m. (11/15/21): During a Monday news conference, fire and public safety officials from Franklin County shared additional details about Saturday night’s blaze in Moneta that sent several people — including some firefighters — to the hospital.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call came in about a residential structure fire with people trapped inside at 10 Southern Key just before 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13.

While the sheriff’s office originally reported that five citizens and three firefighters went to the hospital after the incident, Franklin County Public Safety Chief William “Billy” Ferguson says they miscounted and that it was actually four citizens and three firefighters who were hospitalized.

The three firefighters who were originally hospitalized were all released from Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say the two homeowners, both of whom are confined to wheelchairs, are currently at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital after being rescued from the back deck of the home by firefighters.

Meanwhile, the two people who jumped off the 12-foot-high deck were caretakers. One was transferred to Wake Forest and the other to VCU Medical Center.

Fire officials say they were also notified of two dogs being in the home during the fire, but their whereabouts are unknown.

In addition, authorities say residents reported hearing sounds of explosions during the fire, but that was actually a propane gas tank venting amid the heat.

The American Red Cross is helping those who were burned out of the home.

Fire crews say it took an hour and a half to get the fire contained and that all efforts were made to get everyone out of the house before they attempted to save the home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.

Officials say that the smoke detectors alerted the occupants to the fire, which helped save their lives.


MONETA, Va. (WFXR) — Several people were rescued from the deck of a home that was ablaze last Saturday night in Moneta. However, eight people — some of whom are firefighters — were hospitalized after the incident.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call came in about a residential structure fire at 10 Southern Key just before 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. The caller reportedly said there were people trapped inside the home.

When crews arrived at the scene, authorities say crews found a home that was fully involved with flames while four people were trapped on the back deck, which was approximately 12 feet off the ground.

The sheriff’s office says Franklin County firefighters and EMS workers saved three of the four people from the deck, but the fourth jumped from the deck during the rescue.

Officials say eight people — five citizens and three firefighters — were taken to local hospitals for treatment. However, one was later transferred to Wake-Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C.

On Sunday, Nov. 14, Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue announced that all three of the firefighters injured during the incident were released from the hospital and recovering from the incident.

Multiple agencies responded the call including:

  • Burnt Chimney Fire Department
  • Scruggs Fire-Rescue Department
  • Westlake Fire-Rescue
  • Smith Mountain Lake Fire Department
  • Red Valley Rescue
  • Franklin County career Fire-EMS personnel
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Franklin County Fire Marshal’s Office

The investigation into the fire is ongoing.

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