September 7, 2013 (ROANOKE COUNTY)—A body was found in a Roanoke County burned-out house on Twelve O’clock Knob Road. Now, investigator’s from the Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office and Police Department are working together to determine out what caused this fire and fatality.
The blaze was reported by residents who live in the area at just after 1a.m. as a brush fire, but when firefighters neared the top of the mountain, they could see a one and a half story house fully engulfed in flames and collapsing. Crews from Back Creek, Bent Mountain, Cave Spring, and Fort Lewis stations used pumpers and tankers to keep the fire from spreading to the surrounding woods, and to extinguish and cool the remains of the house. The fire was controlled in about 30 minutes, but it took significantly longer to cool the debris.
The body has been sent to the medical examiner’s office to determine the exact cause of death.
Because this is now a fatal fire investigation, no more details will be released regarding the fire or fatality until further notice.