ROANOKE COUNTY, VA (September 2, 2013) – At just after 10 p.m. yesterday, Roanoke County Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to the 4300 block of Garst Mill Road for a reported structure fire.
Volunteer and career personnel from the Cave Spring, Back Creek and Clearbrook stations responded and found flames and smoke showing through a window of an apartment. Responding crews were told by neighbors that subjects may still be inside the apartment with the fire. The two-man crew assigned to the medic truck arrived first on scene and had to break open the door to rescue two subjects inside. A Roanoke County Police Officer also assisted with the rescue. The fire was then quickly extinguished on top of the stove.
Fire investigators determined that food left unattended on the stove sparked the fire causing fire damage to the stove and the above cabinets. The fire was contained to the stove top area.
Two adult males were transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation that was reported to be critical but not life-threatening. The two volunteer personnel who performed the rescue were also transported to a local hospital to be checked out for possible smoke inhalation and have been released.