ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke fire officials ruled Tuesday evening’s blaze that seriously injured a person in northwest Roanoke was accidental.
According to Roanoke Fire-EMS, crews were called to the 500 block of Harrison Avenue NW shortly before 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13 for a fire.
Firefighters faced some difficulties trying to completely extinguish the blaze because the fire extended to the roof of the home, the department says. Crews reportedly had to cut a hole through the roof of the home to extinguish the fire.
Fire officials say one person was brought to the hospital with life-threatening injuries following the fire. There is no word on that person’s condition at this time.
While waiting on investigators to determine the cause of the fire, the department says personnel had dinner right there in the street on Harrison Avenue after they put out the fire and cleaned up their equipment.
Roanoke Fire-EMS announced on Wednesday, April 14 the fire was deemed accidental and started because of improperly discarded smoking materials.
Following this fire, Roanoke Fire-EMS asks the community to “get out and stay out” in the event of a fire, saying the more quickly someone can call 911, the less a fire can impact life and property.