Cause Determined In Roanoke County Townhouse Fire

Update:10:55 pm:

Roanoke County, VA - The Roanoke County Fire Marshal says they have a cause to the fire in a townhouse building in the 5600 block of Hollins Road late Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators say the fire started when a cigarette butt was discarded into a flower pot on the back deck of the townhouse. The plastic pot ignited and the flames spread to the vinyl siding and up to the eves and attic space and then spread to the townhouse next to it.

One firefighter was treated and released from the hospital after the attic of the building collapsed on top of him.

There were no other injuries. It took about 30 minutes to get the flames under control. The Red Cross is helping the six people who were displaced. Damage are estimated to be at $150,000.


Update: 8:39 pm:

Roanoke County, VA- Roanoke County Fire and Rescue officials said the firefighter who was transported to a local hospital--after a part of the attic collapsed on top of him,--has been released from the hospital.

He was sent home to rest with his family.


Roanoke County, VA - Roanoke County Fire & Rescue crews were called to the 5600 block of Hollins Road at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday for a reported structure fire. Investigators say when the first crews arrived they found heavy flames coming from the back of a four unit townhouse building.

Firefighters went inside the two townhouses affected to try and stop the flames from spreading to other units. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to get the flames under control and they were able to contain the damage to two townhouses or half of the building.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital after the attic collapsed on top of him. He is believed to have non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The Red Cross is assisting the residents of the two units that were displaced.

Investigators are on scene beginning their investigation to determine what caused this fire.