Two people die from injuries after two-alarm house fire in southwest Roanoke on Oct. 6

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Nearly two weeks after a two-alarm house fire in southwest Roanoke sent four people to the hospital, Roanoke fire officials announced that two of those people died from their injuries.

According to Roanoke Fire-EMS, the house fire was reported in the 2200 block of Westover Avenue SW shortly before 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 6 with four people inside the house.

When crews arrived at the scene, though, they told WFXR News they 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 the hospital for treatment, fire officials say.

The department told WFXR News on the day of the fire that both adults sustained life-threatening injuries, but did not offer information about the condition of the children.

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

On Monday, Oct. 18, Deputy Chief Davidd Guynn with Roanoke Fire-EMS announced that two of the fire victims died on Tuesday, Oct. 12 as a result of their injuries. However, the victims’ names are being withheld due to privacy concerns.

After an extensive investigation, Guynn says the Roanoke Fire Marshal’s Office determined the cause of the fire was accidental and electrical in nature.

“The Fire Marshal’s Office reminds everyone to check electrical cords often,” Guynn said in Monday’s statement. “Residents should immediately replace cracked, damaged, and loose electrical or extension cords and should never try to repair them.”

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