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.