Person of interest in two Roanoke house fires found dead at McAfee Knob trail parking lot, crews say

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call either the Fire Marshal’s Office Tip Line or the Roanoke Police Department

Roanoke Fire-EMS and the Roanoke City Police Department are searching for answers after two house fires early Friday morning. (Roanoke Fire-EMS)

ROANOKE, Va.UPDATE

Roanoke Fire-EMS is releasing more information after two house fires that occurred in Roanoke early Friday morning.

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We’re told around 3:30 a.m., crews were dispatched to a residential structure fire on the 800 block of Rorer Avenue SW.

Officials said a few moments later, crews were dispatched to the 30 block of 14th Street SW for another residential structure fire.

The fires were quickly brought under control by responding personnel, according to Roanoke Fire-EMS.

Officials said an investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office determined both fires were incendiary, and that they were connected.

We’re told a person of interest in these incidents was identified as one of the two deceased individuals located Friday morning at the McAfee Knob trailhead parking lot in Roanoke County.

[READ MORE: 62-year-old man, juvenile found dead with gunshot wounds in McAfee Knob trail parking lot, police say]

Officials said this is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call either the Fire Marshal’s Office Tip Line at (540) 853-2406 or the Roanoke Police Department at (540) 344-8500 to share what you know. You can also text RPD at 274637; begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.


ORIGINAL STORY

Roanoke Fire-EMS and the Roanoke City Police Department are searching for answers after two house fires early Friday morning.

We’re told one happened in the 800 block of Rorer Ave SW and the other in the 30th block of 14th St SW.

Crews were able to quickly bring the two fires under control and both incidents are currently being investigated by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call either the Fire Marshal’s Office Tip Line at 540-853-2406 or the Roanoke Police Department at 540-344-8500 and share what you know. You can also text RPD at 274637; please begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it is properly sent. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.


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