SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Several Salem residents are displaced and a home is heavily damaged after a structure fire broke out along Azalea Street Thursday evening.
According to the Salem Fire and EMS Department, crews were dispatched to a structure fire shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26 in the 1400 block of Azalea Street.
When units arrived at the scene just two minutes later, they discovered heavy smoke coming from the home, as well as heavy flames on the first floor. At one point, the department says the fire extended through the roof, which forced the interior crews to withdraw while personnel put out the fire in the attic.
Once firefighters were able to go back inside the house, they brought the fire under control within 30 minutes of their initial arrival.
Approximately 22 personnel from Salem Fire and EMS Department and the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department responded to the structure fire on Azalea Street. In the meantime, Roanoke Fire-EMS handled several other incidents in Salem.
Fire officials say that two residents were home at the time of the fire, but they escaped without injury. However, four occupants were displaced and are staying with family following the fire.
In addition, the home reportedly sustained heavy fire and smoke damage.
The fire is currently under investigation by the Salem Fire Marshal’s Office. As of this writing, though, there is no word on the cause of the fire or a damage estimate.
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