UPDATE: Two people critically injured, one pet dead after two-alarm house fire in southwest Roanoke

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UPDATE 8:25 a.m.: Roanoke Fire-EMS released new details to WFXR News about Wednesday morning’s two-alarm house fire in southwest Roanoke that sent four people to the hospital and killed an animal.

According to the department, when the fire was reported shortly before 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, there were four people inside the house in the 2200 block of Westover Avenue SW.

When crews arrived at the scene, though, they reportedly found two kids on the roof over the porch while two adults were still trapped inside the house on the second floor. The fire was then designated as a two-alarm fire and additional units were called in.

After first responders rescued the two people trapped inside the house, all four residents were brought to Carilion, fire officials say.

The department told WFXR News that both adults have life-threatening injuries, but there is no word on the condition of the two children.

Meanwhile, Roanoke Fire-EMS says that two pets were rescued and brought to an emergency vet by the Roanoke Police Department. However, one pet died in the fire.

The Roanoke Fire Marshal’s Office is still investigating the cause of the fire, but investigators say the fire started in downstairs area of the House.

“Two victims reported that smoke alarms in the residence woke them up — Roanoke Fire-EMS encourages everyone to ensure that they have functioning smoke alarms,” Roanoke Fire-EMS wrote on Facebook. “City residents who need a smoke alarm can call (540) 853-2327 for assistance.”

UPDATE 7:56 a.m.: Roanoke motorists may need to take an alternate route Wednesday morning as fire officials continue to investigate a southwest Roanoke house fire.

The intersection of Westover Avenue SW and Chesterfield Street SW is expected to be closed for several hours while crews investigate the cause of the fire, according to Roanoke Fire-EMS.

WFXR News spoke with a neighbor, who said they heard dogs barking and lots of commotion between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m. but when they walked out, they saw a crowd of people gathered around the house. The neighbor also reported seeing th fire truck’s ladder going to the second story of the home.

Numerous first responders and police are still on the scene of this structure fire in the Grandin area of Roanoke.

UPDATE 7:08 a.m.: Firefighters managed to extinguish Wednesday morning’s house fire in southwest Roanoke, but investigators are still at the scene trying to determine the cause of the fire.

WFXR News reached out to Roanoke Fire-EMS to find out whether anyone was hurt or displaced as a result of the fire along Westover Avenue, but we have yet to hear back.

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Numerous first responders are currently in southwest Roanoke following a call about a house fire early Wednesday morning.

According to dispatchers, the fire was reported in the 2200 block of Westover Avenue SW shortly before 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Dispatch says crews are still at the scene as of this writing.

There is no word on whether anyone was inside the home at the time of the fire or if anyone has been injured.

WFXR News has a crew on the way to the scene and is working to gather more information about this developing story.

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