Working fire 1336 Thomason Rd. SE

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Fire at 1336 Thomason Rd. SE. Cross street is Garden City Blvd. The fire was toned out at 1409 hours. It has been confirmed that 3 victims were burned in the fire. Their condition is not known exactly.

On scene E11, E8, L1, E6, M6, M1, RS-1, BC1, Chief 1, Chief 3, Investigator 1, Fire Marshal 1, Fire Marshal 2.

I will report more when it comes in.


Apparently the victims were replacing a gas furnace in the crawl space when they were burned.
All three victims were transported to the Hospital.

This from the Roanoke Fire-EMS Department:

The Roanoke Fire-EMS Department responded to a residential structure fire on January 20, 2006 at 1336 Thomason Rd.

The call was received through the 9-1-1 Center at approximately 2:16 p.m. and was quickly under control at 2:36 p.m. The response of three Engines, one Ladder truck, three Medic Units, one EMS Captain, one Investigative Unit, the Fire Marshal, the Assistant Fire Marshal, two Administrative Chiefs, one Educational/Information Specialist and one Battalion Chief for a total of 30 personnel responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke and fire showing. Crews quickly made an interior attack to extinguish the blaze and did an extensive search of the home for any victims After a thorough search of the entire structure, crews were unable to locate any victims inside of the home.

Three people were inside the residence when the fire broke out. All had exited the home before fire crews arrived. Two of the victims were transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital to be treated for burns. One victim sustained minor injuries. There were no injuries to Fire-EMS personnel.

The residence sustained heavy smoke, fire and heat damage and has been deemed uninhabitable at this time. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Preliminary damage estimates are approximately $40,000.

ADDED 1-28-06:

“A little more on the thomason fire,only 2 were transported. The second victim died last night according to this mornings paper. The investigators worked the scene afterward, the insurance companies investigated yesterday. Engine 11 were first in – victims were standing accross the street in a crowd of about 15 people when Engine 11 arrived. They were in the basement/crawl space area working on the propane furnace when the explosion occured.The victims crawled out with severe burns. FF Dinwiddie and Lt. Hylton put a fast stop on the fire but the damage was done before we arrived.” – From a FF on scene

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