Fire investigators have determined the cause of Monday night’s apartment fire blaze: improperly discarded smoking materials.  Roanoke County Fire Chief Rick Burch says the fire that destroyed 12 units at Cedar Point started when a cigarette was tossed into a planter on a second floor balcony. It left 18 people homeless, but some of them feel very fortunate — especially those whose pets were saved. WFIR’s Evan Jones has one grateful dog owner’s story.

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Residents in another apartment thought they had lost both their cats in the fire, only to learn the next morning they had been rescued overnight. WFIR’s Evan Jones has their story.

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Continue reading for a larger photo showing firefighters rescuing “Baylee”.

Roanoke County Fire-EMS photo of firefighters rescuing “Baylee” from a top floor balcony. Baylee had a few small burns but seems to otherwise be in good condition.