Man Arrested for Trying to Set Roanoke House on Fire

Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Police have arrested a man they say set a house on fire, with children inside.

23-year-old Darrnell Brooks of Roanoke has been charged with arson.

Fire crews responded to the scene on Massachusetts Avenue about 10:45 p.m. Monday night. Officials say there were seven people in the house when the fire started, many of them children. Firefighters helped some of them to safety.

Nine people were displaced and the damage to the home is estimated to be about $30,000.