Apartment Fire in South Roanoke.Here is a picture from News-7 WDBJ7 from the fire at 23rd and Jefferson in South Roanoke

From News-7:

An apartment building in South Roanoke caught fire late this afternoon.
The fire is blazing through the building at 23rd and Jefferson. Officials have evacuated the building and have several units on scene. The fire has gone to a second alarm. One of our reporters says it appears at this point as if no one was hurt and that everyone got out safely.

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Additional info:

Alarm went out at 1715 hours.
Second alarm toned out at 1724 hours.
Fire under control at 1803 hours.

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From www.roanoke.com “Roanoke Times”

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Condos on fire in South Roanoke

Updated: 6:05 p.m. Fire crews battle blaze at Old Georgetown of Crystal Spring at 23rd and Jefferson streets.The Roanoke Times e-mail this story
Roanoke fire crews are battling a blaze at the Old Georgetown of Crystal Spring condos at 23rd Street and Jefferson Street, in Sout
h Roanoke. Flames and heavy smoke are still showing from the roof of the multi-story brick building, where fire broke out shortly after 5 p.m. (Audio: Hear an interview with Fire Chief Grigsby)
The building has been evacuated, authorities said, and David Pope, Roanoke fire/EMS lieutenant, said there are no injuries as far as he knows.
Streets have been blocked off for several blocks around the fire.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005
No one injured in fire at S.E. Roanoke home
The Roanoke Times
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Three people were displaced after a fire started in a Southeast Roanoke home.
The Roanoke Fire-EMS Department responded to a fire in the 1600 block of Seventh Street Southeast at 10:09 p.m., Battalion Chief J.W. Beckner said. Flames were coming from the roof when firefighters arrived. Resident George Adams, 50, said that he and his ex-wife Diane Adams, 49, were getting ready for bed at the time of the fire. Dewayne Adams, 19, came home and noticed flames in the attic.
At least one cat was also in the home at the time of the fire, Beckner said.
The fire was contained to the attic, which sustained smoke and water damage, Beckner said. The first and second floors of the home are likely damaged by water as well, he said.
No one was injured, Beckner said. A damage estimate was not yet available.
-Hattie Brown
Monday, March 14, 2005
Roanoke couple hurt in house fire
The Roanoke Times
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A Northwest Roanoke couple were injured when the bathroom of their two-story home caught fire Sunday morning.
Roanoke and Roanoke County Fire and EMS departments responded to a call that smoke and fire were coming from the home in the 1100 block of Summit Lane about 3 a.m., said Jennifer Faulkner, the Roanoke Fire and EMS public information officer. A man and a woman who own the home, whom Faulkner did not identify, were able to get out of the home before fire and rescue personnel arrived on the scene. The couple were taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and treated for lacerations and burns, Faulkner said.
Their conditions were not available Sunday afternoon, but Faulkner said their injuries were not serious.
The fire started in a first-floor bathroom and damaged part of the second floor. The damage was estimated to cost $50,000.
Faulkner said the fire is being investigated as an accident.
-Jay Conley
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Woman shot, killed in Roanoke; police rule her death a homicide
A man was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, a police spokeswoman said.By
David Harrison 981-3340The Roanoke Times e-mail this story
Police found a woman shot to death and a man injured with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Southeast Roanoke home Saturday night, spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said.
Police have ruled the woman’s death a homicide, Johnson said. Emergency workers first got the call at 7:21 p.m. and took the man to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in an unknown condition, said Johnson. Police did not release any names Saturday night because the next-of-kin had not been notified yet.
Johnson said she did not know if the two people knew each other or if they lived in the house on the 1500 block of Kirk Avenue Southeast. Neighbors said they did not know the house’s occupants but that they did not cause any trouble.
“I’ve never seen much commotion up there,” said Bobby Underwood, who has lived across the street for 20 years. He said “a couple young guys” moved into the house – a two-story white structure on the top of a hill – about six or seven months ago.
Shortly after police arrived, they escorted a visibly upset woman from the house. She talked to police for a few minutes before getting into an unmarked car with a police official and driving away. Johnson said she did not know whether anyone else was in the house at the time of the shootings.
“That’s Southeast,” said Underwood, as he watched the scene from his front porch. “But things ain’t all that bad around here. People put Southeast down but it ain’t a bad place to live.”
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Man with gunshot wounds found on fire outside cemetery
Police say the man was transferred to the burn unit at the University of Virginia Medical Center.By
David Harrison 981-3340The Roanoke Times e-mail this story
A man was found with gunshot wounds and on fire Saturday evening outside the Fairview Cemetery in Northwest Roanoke, police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said. Police said passersby helped rescue the man.
The man, who remained unidentified Saturday night, was transported to the burn unit at the University of Virginia Medical Center, she said, adding that she did not know his condition. It was unclear whether his wounds were self-inflicted, Johnson said. She also said she didn’t know whether a weapon was found nearby.
Robert Thomas said he and his wife, Katie, were driving down Salem Turnpike when they noticed smoke and sparks coming from a bush near the cemetery gates.
“It was probably just the cedars melting,” Katie Thomas said.
They pulled over and Katie called 911 while Robert grabbed a blanket the couple kept in the car for their dog and ran to pat the burning man down.
“This shirt would have been the first thing off if I didn’t have the blanket,” Robert Thomas said, fingering his flannel shirt.
“I had to pull his jacket off of him because his jacket [was] still on fire,” he said. “Moaning and groaning was all he was doing.”
He said the man looked “not too good” and had burns around his face, arms and chest. “I’d say he’s probably my age, somewhere between 40 and 50 probably.”
Charles Chestnut, who was walking down Salem Turnpike shortly after the Thomases got there, said the man was moving when rescuers put him on a stretchers.
“He was gargling,” said Chestnut, of Southwest Roanoke, who was on his way to the bus stop after leaving his grandson’s first birthday party. “They say burning is one of the worst pains you can go through.”
A police officer gave Chestnut a ride home.
Police received the call at 7:51 p.m. Johnson said. About 45 minutes later, the Thomases’ red pickup truck was parked in front of the cemetery with their dog still inside. Their blanket as well as the man’s clothes were lying near the gates behind yellow police tape.
“It’s very rattling,” said Robert Thomas. “You don’t want to see anything like that.”