Couple Barely Escape Early Morning Fire in Roanoke

Roanoke, VA - Fire Investigators in Roanoke say an overloaded circuit is likely the cause for an early morning fire that has left a couple homeless Tuesday.

The Red Cross is helping the two who are grateful just to be alive. The man who lived in the home says things could have been much worse had it not been for a smoke detector.

The fire began just after 6 a.m. in the 2500 block of Hanover Avenue Northwest.

When crews got on the scene the home was fully involved; the heat so intense they had to back the trucks up a bit at first.

It took about an hour to get it out once firefighters attacked the fire.

Mr. Carey says he heard the alarm and woke to see flames racing up a curtain. Gathering up his wife, he says, he barely made it out the door.

"I told my wife, 'Get out!', And she ran out with her oxygen and by the time we got out here... oxygen machine... I don't know what [but the] windows just blew out," said Carey.

Roanoke Fire Prevention Specialist Tiffany Bradbury says this is a perfect example of why it is so important to keep your fire detectors in working order.

"This could have turned out a different if they had not had working smoke detectors in their home. So remember this weekend when we change our clocks change the batteries in your smoke detector," said Bradbury.

Mrs. Carey was taken to the hospital for evaluation and was released.

The home is a total loss.