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Firefighter hospitalized after Roanoke intentional house fire

Firefighter expected to be okay

ROANOKE, Va. – One firefighter had to be hospitalized as crews battled a house fire in Roanoke on Thursday afternoon.

At about 1:17 p.m., firefighters responded to a house fire in the 900 block of Tazewell Avenue.

When crews arrived, there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the back of the two-story house.

One firefighter sustained non-life-threatening injuries when he partially fell through the floor.

His fellow firefighters helped him escape the home, and he was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for observation and is expected to be OK.

Fire department officials said the house was vacant and no one was inside when the fire started.

The fire was intentionally set, and the investigation is ongoing, according officials.

The house sustained extensive damage.

If anyone has information about the fire, please call the Roanoke Fire Marshal’s Office at 540-853-2795.