Update: June 24 at 4:20 p.m.

Roanoke Fire-EMS says damage estimates are at about $157,000.

The home suffered $106,800 in damages.  Damage to contents inside is valued at $50,000.


Family and friends in Roanoke are waiting for answers from investigators after a deadly house fire.

The fire happened along Ridgerun Drive Monday afternoon.

Investigators are not releasing the name of the victim at this point, but WDBJ 7 spoke to a man who said his girlfriend died in the fire.

"It's sad,” Brent Clinevell. “I'm devastated."

Clinevell said he is still in shock.

"Loved her for 28 years and forever friends,” he said.

Clinevell said his girlfriend lived in the home with her stepdad for years.

WDBJ 7 is choosing to not release the victim's name until fire investigators finalize their report, but Clinevell said he got the call from her stepdad informing him of the news Monday afternoon.

"He said there was a fire,” said Clinevell. “She was on oxygen. We don't know what caused the fire, but she did smoke.”

Fire officials expect a cause of death sometime in the next few days after the medical examiner finishes the autopsy.

Three people were inside the house when it went up in flames as well as two cats, a bird and a dog, but only two people and the dog made it out alive, according to fire officials.

Clinevell said he came to the house Monday morning to check on his girlfriend and the pets just like he does every day.

Neighbors and friends came out Monday to show support for the family.

Fire fighters said there is substantial damage to the home, but they did manage to salvage some items from inside the house.

Two firefighters were injured during the fire, but they are expected to be okay.

Other people had been living in the house, but they were not home at the time of the fire. The Red Cross will be helping those people for the next few days.

Fire officials said the dog made it out alive, but it is missing.

Investigators could release the victim’s identity and cause of fire as soon as Tuesday.