UPDATE 12:16 p.m.: The Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department has released new information about the cause of Thursday morning’s accidental fire at an apartment building in Vinton.

According to officials, the Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire in the 100 block of Pine Street was electrical in nature, causing an estimated $20,000 in damages.

In addition, the department says the apartment’s occupants were not displaced, but are still being helped by the American Red Cross.



ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke County first responders were called out early Thursday morning in order to fight a fire at a Vinton apartment building.

The Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department says crews responded at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 to the 100 block of Pine Street for a report of a commercial structure fire in an apartment building.

When units arrived at the scene, they found smoke showing from the second-floor window of a two-story apartment building.

According to officials, there were three adults in the apartment at the time of the fire, which was brought under control in about 15 minutes.

The department says the apartment’s displaced occupants are safe and receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

There are no reports of injuries or damage to the other apartments from this incident, officials tell WFXR News.

The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office is currently at the scene to investigate the cause of the blaze, as well as provide a damage estimate.