ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – The Roanoke County Fire Marshal's Office has ruled the fire on Horn Circle to be accidental due to a halogen work light that was too close to combustibles.
Estimated damages to the home are $175,000.
It is now believed that the three missing cats did make it out of the house, according to the fire department.
Roanoke County fire crews extinguished a house fire Thursday morning, but not before a dog died in the blaze.
At 10:40 a.m., crews responded to the 2100 block of Horn Circle in the Vinton area of the county.
First-arriving crews found heavy fire and smoke coming from the front window of a split-level home with vinyl siding.
Two adults live in the home, but only one was home at the time of the fire and was able to rescue one dog, according to the fire department.
Another dog died in the fire and three cats are missing.
The fire was brought under control in approximately 15 minutes by units from Vinton, Mount Pleasant, Clearbrook and North County.
The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
There is no estimate on damages at this time.
However, there is significant fire, smoke and water damage throughout the house.
The American Red Cross will be assisting this family.