UPDATE: Eight people displaced in apartment fire

ROANOKE, Va. - UPDATE:  We now know what caused a fire that displaced eight people in Roanoke. 

The fire happened on February 8 in the 700 block of Highland Avenue, SE at about 9:02 p.m.  

Then crews arrived, they found heavy fire on the back porch and heavy smoke coming from the attic. 

The two story house was split into two apartments.  Smoke alarms alerted the residents and they were able to escape before firefighters arrived.  

Two people, an adult and child, were burned.  They were treated and released at the scene.  

Eight people were diplaced, four adults and four children.  The American Red Cross is helping them.  

The cause of the fire was improper transfer of flammable liquids (gasoline) and the fire started on the back porch.  

The building had heavy smoke , fire and water damage.  The damage estimates are about $66,500.  

Here is the press release: 

On February 8, 2017, Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to a structure fire in the 700 block of Highland Ave., SE. The call was received in the E-911 Center at approximately 9:02 pm and was under control by 9:47 pm. When crews arrived they found heavy fire conditions on the rear porch and heavy smoke coming from the attic. This two story house was split into two apartments. Smoke alarms did alert the residents and they were able to escape before firefighters arrived. Two people, an adult and child, sustained some burn injuries. They were treated and released at the scene. Eight people were displaced (4 adults and 4 children). The American Red Cross is assisting. The cause of the fire was improper transfer of flammable liquids(gasoline) and the fire started on the back porch. The building sustained heavy smoke, fire and water damage. Damage estimates are approximately $66,500.

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Firefighters were called to a smoky house fire on Highland Avenue Southeast.

The call came in after 9 p.m. Wednesday in Roanoke.

No injuries were reported.

Roanoke Fire & EMS officials told WFXR News that eight people have been displaced from two apartments in the building.

The American Red Cross is helping five people, three others are staying with family and friends.

It's unclear what started the fire.

Stay with WFXR News and VirginiaFirst.com


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