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34 displaced following Rutgers Ave apartment fire

34 displaced following Rutgers Ave apartment fire

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ROANOKE - UPDATE: 11:45 a.m. --

From Roanoke Fire-EMS:

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to a second alarm structure fire at 4815 Rutgers St., Valley View Village.  The call was received in the E-911 Center at approximately 10:35pm and was under control by 11:05pm.

Thirty-four Fire-EMS personnel responded to the scene, as well as the Roanoke Police Department and a crew from Roanoke County Fire & Rescue.

When crews arrived they found fire and smoke showing from a first floor window of an apartment complex with heavy smoke showing from the third floor.  When firefighters got off the truck, they found a victim in the third story window above the fire with heavy black smoke coming out from around them.  That victim was quickly rescued by ground ladders with an additional four other rescues being performed shortly after.  Three civilians were injured - two were transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation. No firefighters were injured.

The American Red Cross responded to the scene and assisted 18 of the 34 people displaced. A total of 12 apartments were affected by the fire.

Damage estimates are approximately $375,000.  The fire has been ruled accidental and was caused by cooking.

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Two people are facing critical injuries following an overnight apartment fire on Rutgers Avenue in Roanoke.

Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to the 4800 block of Rutgers Avenue around 10:30 p.m. to smoke and flames and people hanging out of third floor windows.

Five people were rescued, and three were injured. Two people were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

A total of 33 people have been displaced by the fire. Between 13 and 17 residents will be assisted by the American Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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