8:00 p.m. update:

The American Red Cross is providing disaster relief assistance for six people displaced by a the fire.
A family of four was displaced from one home. A family of two was displaced from a second home.
The Red Cross is providing all of the individuals with financial assistance to help with meals, clothing and lodging, and will continue to coordinate recovery assistance.


Smoke could be seen for miles in Roanoke Saturday due to a fire that left two homes badly damaged.

Fire crews arrived at the 500 block of Marshall Avenue SW around 2:56 p.m., according to a news release.

Flames originated in an abandoned grey home and spread to the home next door before crews were able to contain it, according to a relative of the homeowners.

No one was in either home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Three adults have been displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

There were also two dogs in the second home. The animals were not harmed.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Damage estimates are not available at this time.