UPDATE from Roanoke County Fire & Rescue: April 28, 2016 (ROANOKE COUNTY)—Fire investigators determined the house fire started in the garage but the damage is too extensive to determine what specifically sparked the fire. The fire is believed to be accidental in nature and damage estimates are $250,000. The house is a total loss as well as two vehicles.A couple and their two dogs are displaced and staying with family. On a secondary search of the home, firefighters were able to rescue the two dogs. They were found on two different floors, covered in soot and scared. Paramedics cleaned them off and they should be okay. The injured firefighter is doing good.
From Roanoke County Fire & Rescue: April 27, 2016 (ROANOKE COUNTY)— Roanoke County Fire & Rescue was dispatched to the 1900 block of Springmill Road at 4:08 p.m. for a reported structure fire. When crews first arrived on scene they found a two-story house with flames coming from the front and side of the home. Soon after arrival, flames burned through the roof and the roof began to partially collapse forcing firefighters to fight the flames from outside the structure. Firefighters from the Fort Lewis and Masons Cove stations as well as Salem units worked for more than 30 minutes to get the flames knocked down. The siding of the next door house melted as a result of the flames. The homeowner called 911 when she saw flames in her garage. She reported that two dogs were in the house. Firefighters were able to rescue the two dogs and paramedics provided care to them on scene. One firefighter was transported for what is believed to be a minor injury. Fire investigators are on scene working to determine what sparked the fire.