UPDATE 8:40 p.m.: Roanoke Fire-EMS released more information concerning the fire that occurred in southeast Roanoke Thursday morning, leaving one person dead, one person and a cat in need of medical treatment, and more than a dozen people displaced.
The department says the fire in the 100 block of 10 1/2 Street SE was called into the City of Roanoke E-911 Center shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 13 by Fire-EMS providers in the area who noticed the column of smoke, which could be seen from miles away.
Once units found the the fire, they noticed two homes and a vehicle fully engulfed in flames with reports of a person trapped inside.
Because of the size and heat of the fire — as well as the potential for a possible collapse — officials say crews attacked the fire externally. However, as the fire continued, the structure partially collapsed, making it unsafe to enter.
Heavy machinery was later brought in to help with the ongoing investigation into the cause of the fire.
Roanoke Fire-EMS says one person was found dead after the fire and taken to the medical examiner’s office for identification.
Meanwhile, another person was treated on scene for minor injuries, but no firefighter injuries were reported.
Fire officials say oxygen was administered at the scene to a cat rescued from the fire, who was picked up by Animal Control and taken to the vet for further medical evaluation.
Before first responders arrived, neighbors reported that a community member notified other residents in the area to safely evacuate.
In addition to the two homes and the vehicle that were destroyed in the blaze, the department says two other homes sustained heat damage from the fire.
According to fire officials, 13 residents from three different homes are displaced and being assisted by the American Red Cross Virginia Region.
UPDATE 4:50 p.m.: Roanoke Fire-EMS held a short press conference Thursday afternoon to provide updates on a major fire that happened earlier in the day.
Officials confirmed a victim was found in the rear of the home on the first floor. Another person suffered minor injuries, which were treated on the scene.
One of the homes has been demolished due to the extensive fire damage.
Officials have not yet determined a cause for this fire. The investigation is ongoing.
You can watch the full press conference below:
UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: Roanoke Fire-EMS says a victim has been found and the medical examiner’s office has been contacted after Thursday morning’s major fire in southeast Roanoke that displaced 13 people.
UPDATE 2:09 p.m.: Roanoke fire officials confirmed Thursday afternoon that one person is unaccounted for after the second-alarm fire in southeast Roanoke that displaced 13 people across three homes.
At least four homes and a vehicle sustained damage from the fire, whether directly from the blaze or from heat exposure, according to Roanoke Fire-EMS.
One person was treated on scene for a minor injury, but there are no reports of any firefighter injuries.
UPDATE 1:05 p.m.: An official with Roanoke Fire-EMS told WFXR News there were reports of an entrapment when crews arrived at the scene of a fire involving multiple homes and a vehicle in southeast Roanoke Thursday morning. However, first responders have not been able to make it inside the structure to confirm that information.
UPDATE 12:15 p.m.: Roanoke Fire-EMS is bringing in some heavy machinery to help investigate the cause of the fire that set two southeast Roanoke homes and a vehicle ablaze Thursday morning.
UPDATE 10:45 a.m.: After two southeast Roanoke homes and a vehicle were engulfed in flames Thursday morning, officials say the fire is now under control.
According to Roanoke Fire-EMS, the fire on 10 1/2 Street SE was marked under control at 10:37 a.m. on Thursday.
Personnel will stay at the scene for overhaul, cleanup efforts, as well as to conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire.
First responders have not been able to enter the structures yet.
WFXR News has two reporters at the scene of the fire to find out more information.
UPDATE 10:03 a.m.: Roanoke Fire-EMS is still on the scene of a second-alarm fire in southeast Roanoke Thursday morning involving multiple homes and a vehicle.
According to the department, the fire in the 100 block of 10 1/2 Street SE was called into dispatch by Fire-EMS providers in the area who noticed the column of smoke.
When units arrived on scene, they found two houses and a vehicle fully engulfed in flames, which led to the second-alarm designation to bring extra units to the scene.
Meanwhile, two more residences will be impacted by heat damage.
While there is no word on injuries caused by the fire at this time, Roanoke Fire EMS did post pictures of first responders treating a cat at the scene.
Police and first responders have blocked off the entire area surrounding the fire.
UPDATE 9:05 a.m.: WFXR News has learned that two houses and a vehicle are involved in the second-alarm fire in southeast Roanoke Thursday morning.
In addition, two other houses up the hill are reportedly at risk of exposure to the smoke flames.
ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A large smoke column is visible for miles while crews work to battle a fire in southeast Roanoke Thursday morning.
Roanoke Fire-EMS says crews were dispatched at 8:35 a.m. on Thursday, May 13 to the 100 block of 10 1/2 Street SE for a fire.
First responders at the scene marked it as a second-alarm fire, the department says. Units are currently working to combat the flames.
Meanwhile, the smoke from the fire can be seen from miles away.
WFXR News has a crew on the way to the scene at this time.
This is a developing story.