Three people escaped from a house fire in the 1200 block of Chapman Avenue early Sunday morning. Roanoke Fire-EMS spokesperson Tiffany Bradbury says crews responded to the fire at about 3:45 a.m. and had it under control by 4:44 a.m. Crews found “heavy fire showing” when they arrived, and they said three people inside the house had already escaped the flames. The fire also damaged a neighboring house. Damages are estimated at $98,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The Red Cross says it is providing financial assistance for meals, clothing and lodging for a family of two. The Red Cross says a man living in a separate unit in the house declined assistance.