ROANOKE, Va. – Two residents were hospitalized following an early morning structure fire in Roanoke Friday, according to Roanoke County Fire and Rescue.
Officials say around 5:45 a.m., crews responded to the 5300 block of Hawthorne Road for the report of a commercial structure fire at Ridgeview Apartments.
Upon arrival, crews said they found a six-story apartment building with nothing showing from the exterior except a burning smell in the lobby.
After further investigation, one apartment on the sixth floor was found to have heavy smoke.
Firefighters said one resident of the apartment was transported with non-life threatening injuries. Later, another resident was also transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the department.
The Roanoke Fire Marshal’s Office has investigated and has determined the cause to be improperly discarding smoking materials.
Officials said the damage estimate is $100.