Working fire 1459 Varnell Ave.

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The Roanoke Fire-EMS Department responded to a residential structure fire on January 20, 2006 at 1459 Varnell Ave.

The call was received through the 9-1-1 Center at approximately 11:59 p.m. and was quickly under control at 12:20 a.m. The response of three Engines, one Ladder truck, two Medic Units, one EMS Captain, one Investigative Unit and one Battalion Chief for a total of 24 personnel responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, crews found a one story residence with heavy smoke and fire visible. Crews quickly made an interior attack to extinguish the blaze and search for victims that may be trapped inside. After a thorough search of the entire structure, crews were unable to locate any victims inside of the home. There were no injuries to civilians or to Fire-EMS personnel.

The fire began in the living room of the home in the fireplace area and extended into the attic. The residence sustained heavy smoke 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 $80,000.

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