Early-morning house fire displaces 3; 2 firefighters treated for injuries

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) A family is displaced after an early-morning house fire in Roanoke.

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Crews were called to the 700 block of McDowell Avenue NW at 3:07 a.m. Monday.

When firefighters arrived, they said they could see flames coming from the home. Additional first responders were then called to the scene.

Shortly after arriving, they were forced out of the house because of the smoke. Two firefighters are being treated for injuries. One was treated on scene for burns, while the other was evaluated at a hospital for a possible ankle injury.

Officials say the house that caught fire is heavily damaged. Neighbors told WDBJ7 the house was unoccupied, but was being renovated.

However, the people living directly beside the house were evacuated due to their proximity. The evacuated house was a duplex, and the side closest to the burning house sustained damage.

Because of this, the family in that apartment - consisting of two adults and one infant - has been displaced. The residents living on the far side of the house will be able to return Monday.

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced family.

Crews will remain on scene until the Fire Marshal's investigation is complete. No time frame for that has been given.

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Photo courtesy: Roanoke Fire-EMS
Photo courtesy: Roanoke Fire-EMS