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Pets alert Roanoke County family to overnight basement fire

No one was hurt but the family is displaced


ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – Fire officials say pets alerted a Roanoke County family to a fire that started in their basement overnight. 

Just before 2 a.m. Monday, firefighters responded to a fire at a home on View Avenue in the Cave Spring area. The home is off of Brambleton Avenue, close to Brambleton Imports and Luigi's. 

Roanoke County Fire and Rescue
Roanoke County Fire and Rescue

The family's pets woke them up slightly before their smoke alarms sounded, according to the fire department. Roanoke County Fire and Rescue had previously given the family those alarms. 

Neither the residents nor the pets were hurt. 

Roanoke County Fire and Rescue
Roanoke County Fire and Rescue

Crews were able to get the fire under control in about 30 minutes, but the damage has displaced the two adults and two children who lived there. They will stay with family for the time being. 

The fire marshal's office has ruled that the cause of the fire is undetermined. The damage is estimated at $50,000.