UPDATE 7:22 a.m.: The Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department has released additional details about the Sunday night house fire that displaced a family of seven.
According to the department, the Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire in the 1700 block of Millwood Drive originally started on the deck due to a portable outdoor fire place that was fueled by propane.
Fire officials estimate the fire caused approximately $100,000 worth of damage.
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A family of seven in the Fort Lewis area is displaced after a house fire broke out in Roanoke County Sunday night.
According to the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department, units were dispatched at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19 to the 1700 block of Millwood Drive for a report of a residential structure fire.
When the first crews arrived on scene from the Fort Lewis station, they found smoke and flames showing from the rear deck of a two-story, single family home.
The department says two adults and five children were in the home at the time of the fire, but all seven people — as well as three pets — evacuated safely thanks to the house’s smoke alarms.
First responders say they brought the fire under control in about 20 minutes without any reports of injuries.
According to fire officials, the displaced family of seven will be staying with relatives who live in the area.
The department posted on Facebook shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday that the Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office was at the scene to investigate the cause of the fire and estimate the extent of the damage.
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