UPDATE: Fire crews investigating multi-home fire in SE Roanoke

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Around 2:33 p.m. Sunday, firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 500 block of Bullitt Ave., SE, according to Roanoke Fire-EMS.

When crews arrived, they were met with heavy flames, heat and wind conditions.

According to Roanoke City Fire PIO Tiffany Bradbury, multiple homes were damaged in Sunday's fire. The home where the fire started was vacant and no one was inside. Four additional homes were damaged, three were vacant. Only one of the homes had people living inside.

No injuries have been reported, no one was displaced and damage estimates are still unknown.

The fire remains under investigation.


A fire in Southeast Roanoke has caused damage to multiple homes in the area.

The fire broke out mid-afternoon in the area of Fifth Street SE and Bullitt Avenue. At least three homes caught fire, according to WDBJ7's Sara Machi who was on the scene. It appears that one home is destroyed, a second home has massive fire damage and a third home is also on fire.

Heavy smoke and flames were pouring from the houses and witnesses reported seeing huge flames from Interstate 581.

Police have blocked off several roads in that area of Southeast Roanoke as firefighters work to contain the fires. Heavy wind may have played a role in the spread of the fire to more than one home.

It's not clear yet if anyone lived in the homes or if anyone was home at the time of the fires.

WDBJ7's Bianca Holman is also on scene and will have more on air and online.

Stay with us for more updates.