UPDATE 4:43p.m.: The Roanoke Fire Marshal’s Office says the cause of the deadly apartment fire was determined to be accidental and a result of improperly discarded smoking materials.

Roanoke Fire-EMS says the damage cost from the fire is still being determined.

Update: 2:15 a.m. Wednesday— Several people are hurt, roughly 100 displaced, after a late night apartment building fire at Stratford Village Apartments, according to Roanoke Fire and EMS Chief David Hoback.

The call came in at 11:43 p.m. Tuesday night,and Chief Hoback said crews arrived just minutes later. Smoke was pouring out of windows on the second and third floors of one of the buildings. Fire and emergency crews helped residents get out, Chief Hoback continued, doing multiple searches to make sure no one was left inside. He said many of the residents were also dealing with mobility issues. Some, he said, we’re even brought out on stretchers.

At least four people were transported to the hospital, several with life-threatening injuries, said Chief Hoback. Others were treated and released at the scene.

The building, which is two adjoining wings, with multiple floors, will be closed as the damage is surveyed. Residents were allowed in early Wednesday morning to collect essential item, said Chief Hoback. He estimated around 100 people would be displaced. The American Red Cross is on hand to offer assistance to those who may not have anywhere to stay.

Multiple fire departments answered the call for mutual aid, according to Chief Hoback. That includes Roanoke County and Salem.

Fire officials are expected to remain on scene through Wednesday morning as they investigate the cause of the fire.

This story is continuing to develop. Stay with WFXR News on air, and online, for the latest details as they’re made available.

Update: 1:33 a.m. Wednesday — Officials have moved up their update to 2 a.m.


Update: 1:27 a.m. Wednesday — Officials with Roanoke Fire / EMS expected to give update around 4:45 a.m.


Roanoke, Va. (WFXR) — At least five people are injured, three critically, after a fire at the Stratford Village Apartments, in Roanoke, late Tuesday night according to officials.

The call came around midnight Wednesday. Multiple units responding, including at least 15 fire trucks and several ambulances, says Rachel Hale, Roanoke Fire and EMS Public Information Officer.

There’s no word, yet, on what may have started the fire. Details remain limited as officials investigate.

Multiple families have been displaced, but exactly how many is unclear right now, says Hale. The American Red Cross has been called in to provide assistance.

This story is still developing tonight. Stay with WFXR New on air, and online, for more details.