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Roanoke County fire damages townhome, sends firefighter to hospital

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9:31 p.m.

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Jennifer Sexton says investigators determined the fire was caused by a cigarette that was put in a flower pot on the back deck of the townhouse.

The plastic pot caught fire, and the flames spread to the vinyl siding on the townhome, then up to the eves, and into the attic.  The fire also caused damage to the townhome next door.

Sexton said investigators estimate damages at $150,000.

Six people have been displaced.  A dog and cat also escaped safely.

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8:33 p.m.

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Jennifer Sexton says the firefighter who was hurt, has been released from the hospital.

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6:11 p.m.

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue says while firefighters were inside the four-unit townhome in the 5600 block of Hollins Road, the attic collapsed on one firefighter.

EMTs took the firefighter to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  He's expected to recover.

Fire crews needed about 30 minutes to get the fire under control.

Investigators are searching for what caused the fire.

The Red Cross will help the people who lived in the townhome.

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5:18 p.m.

WSLS 10's Morgan Donnelly is at the scene of the fire.

Fire crews have contained it to one apartment, and are cleaning up.  Hollins Road is expected to re-open soon.

The apartment has damage to its roof and back side.

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4:41 p.m.

Roanoke County says an apartment fire has closed part of Hollins Road, from Shadwell Drive to the Food Lion on Plantation Road.

Multiple fire engines and hoses are blocking the road to other drivers.

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