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Roanoke man hospitalized with serious injuries after house fire

Investigators say improperly discarded smoking materials started it

ROANOKE, Va.UPDATE - Dec. 11 at 6:35 p.m.

A Roanoke man faces life-threatening injuries after a house fire Saturday afternoon.

Just before 2 p.m., firefighters saw smoke come out of the windows of a home in the 2400 block of Orange Ave NW.

James Arrington said his brother, 58-year-old Sydney Arrington, was in the bedroom when the fire started, and now he’s in the hospital.

Arrington said his brother is struggling to breathe on his own.

“I am asking everybody for their prayers. Pray for him. Just one of those things you just don’t expect. You just have to wait and see how it turns out,” he said.

The cause of the fire was ruled accidental.

Investigators say improperly discarded smoking materials started it.


ORIGINAL STORY

A person is in the hospital following a structural fire that happened Saturday afternoon in Roanoke.

At 1:47 p.m., Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to the 2400 block of Orange Ave NW for reports of a fire.

The crew arrived to find a residence on fire with smoke showing.

Authorities said one person was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment for life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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