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wfir-linkUPDATE: Officials say 53-year-old Donald Herman Payne Jr. was the person killed in a house fire Saturday morning. He died of smoke inhalation. Investigators say he was homeless.

 

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The Roanoke Fire Marshal’s Office and Roanoke Police Department are still investigating a weekend house fire that they say was set intentionally. Roanoke Fire-EMS crews responded to the fire in the 200 block of 9th Street Southeast Saturday around 7:40am. Firefighters recovered a body from the house. The body was sent to the medical examiner’s office. The victim has not been identified. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 540-853-2795 or the Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 540-344-8500.