ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — On Thursday morning, a camping site for homeless people near a CITGO gas station in southeast Roanoke caught fire. It happened behind a building in the 400 block of Elm Avenue SE.

There aren’t any details on how the fire started, but representatives for the Rescue Mission of Roanoke say it illustrates the dangers for people sleeping outside.

This incident comes several months after the Roanoke City Council issued an ordinance banning people from sleeping on downtown streets.

The ordinance says that homeless people who are caught lying on sidewalks downtown could face a $250 fine.

Many people living on the street were seemingly pushed outside the city into areas like the encampment on Elm Avenue.

Kevin Berry, the outreach manager for the Rescue Mission of Roanoke, couldn’t speak about the incident on Thursday, March 31, but reiterated that the mission is there for anyone who needs a roof over their heads.

“We just want you to know that you can come to the rescue mission,” said Berry. “You don’t need to sleep outside because we have a bed for you right here,” said Berry.

WFXR News reached out to the Roanoke City Council to get more information on what’s being done for people affected by the ordinance. As of this writing, they have not responded.