Victim of fatal Roanoke Co. house fire identified

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ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS 10) - The Medical Examiner has determined the identity of the man who died earlier this week in a Roanoke County house fire.

Robert Lee Hypes Jr., 49, lived in the home and died from inhalation of products of combustion, according to the medical examiner.

Investigators are still working to determine what caused a Roanoke County house fire; however, investigators believe it to be accidental in nature.

Another man, who was injured in the fire, was taken to a local hospital and his status is unknown. His name is not being released due to HIPAA. At the time of transport, he was believed to have serious injuries, but those injuries were thought to be non-life-threatening, according to Jennifer Conley Sexton, with the Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department.

The home is destroyed and only a small part of the exterior walls remains. Damage is estimated at $90,000

Crews were dispatched at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, to the 5300 block of Amanda Lane, which is near the Wal-Mart off of U.S. Route 220.

A caller reported to the 911 center that a house near his was "fully involved."

When the fire crews first arrived, they entered the home to begin their primary search.  Soon, the incident commander advised firefighters to evacuate because of a fully-involved structure and unsafe conditions.

The fire spread to an outbuilding near the house and also sparked a small brush fire that crews were able to quickly extinguish.

Crews from the Clearbrook, Cave Spring, Back Creek and Bent Mountain Stations responded to this fire.