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Family members, three dogs are safe after Roanoke County house fire Monday afternoon

Second fire in 24 hours caused by combustibles near a heat source

Courtesy of the Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va.UPDATE 

The Roanoke County Fire Marshal's Office says that the fire in Fort Lewis Monday afternoon was started by accident. 

Officials say the fire started by flammable materials that were too close to a heat source, and that damages are estimated to be around $3,000. 

This is the second fire in less than 24 hours caused by flammable materials too close to a heat source in 24 hours, according to the Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department. 

As a precaution, the department is reminding residents to keep anything that can burn three feet away from heat. Space heaters should also be plugged directly into an outlet and should not be left unattended.  


ORIGINAL STORY

Members of a family and their three dogs are safe after a house fire Monday afternoon, according to the Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department. 

Authorities say crews responded around 3:45 p.m. to the 5000 block of Glenvar Heights Boulevard in the Fort Lewis area.

When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke inside the first floor of the two-story home. They were able to get the fire under control in about 15 minutes.   

Officials say no people or pets were injured, and that an adult and teenager were home at the time. The two and their three dogs made it out safely. 

There was light smoke damage to the home, and the family will likely be able to sty in the home Monday night, according to fire officials. 

The Roanoke County Fire Marshal's Office is on scene investigating a cause and damages.