Eight homeless in Patterson Avenue fire

Eight people are without a home after a fire Sunday evening in Southwest Roanoke. Crews responded around 4:45 p.m. to a duplex  on Patterson Avenue near 19th Street.  All the residents escaped without injury. The Red Cross is assisting a family of six from one of the units. Two people who lived in the other unit were also displaced, but did not require the help of the Red Cross.  Damage ie estimated at $22,500.  Roanoke Fire-EMS says the fire was started by a chid playing with smoking materials.

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