When the first crews arrived they reported no flames showing but smoke coming from the eves of a single story house. Volunteer and career firefighters from the Vinton, Mount Pleasant, Hollins and Fort Lewis stations responded and reported no flames showing. After putting a ladder to the roof and inspecting the chimney, they found flames coming from the chimney. Firefighters then used a thermal imaging camera inside the home to determine that the fire had extended into the walls around the chimney. The fire also spread to the attic causing an estimated $20,000 in damages.
Investigators with the Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s office have determined that the blaze began when flames from a wood stove chimney ignited combustible materials in the wall and spread to the attic.
The three adults who lived in the home are temporarily displaced and staying with family.
No injuries reported.