Combustible items left on an electric stove apparently started a house fire Monday evening that did an estimated $75,000 damage.
Roanoke County Fire & Rescue crews were called to the 5600 block of Prunty Drive just before 7 p.m. yesterday for a reported structure fire. When firefighters arrived they found a mobile home with smoke showing from the eaves. It took volunteer and career firefighters from the Fort Lewis and Masons Cove stations about 15 minutes to get the flames under control. The fire was contained mostly to the kitchen area and the attic space above the kitchen, however there is heat, smoke and water damage to other areas of the home as well.
The family of four—a couple and two teenage boys—who lived in the home was not there at the time of the fire. They are displaced and the Red Cross is providing assistance.
A neighbor called 9-1-1 after seeing smoke coming from the home.
The fire has been ruled accidental.