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Update: Fire Officials Find Cause of Roanoke Co. Fire

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Update Wednesday at noon:

Roanoke Co., VA - More than a dozen people are homeless in Roanoke County after their apartment building caught fire Tuesday night. The fire marshal's office has just released the cause. They say the fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

Officials say 12 occupied units were destroyed at the Cedar Point Apartment complex. That's at the intersection of Brambleton Avenue and Electric Road.

The Red Cross is helping the people who were displaced. One witness says this fire spread quickly and was very intense.

"You saw it working its way to the backside of the building there was another pretty big fireball come out that side, and it worked its way across the building and you could see the whole third floor was coming down," said Eli Widner, a neighbor.

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Update 8:41 p.m.: Roanoke County and Salem firefighters responded to the fire around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Fire crews are still on the scene putting out hot spots.

Firefighters say one of the apartment buildings at Cedar Point apartments with 12 units has been affected.

They say the fire started in an upper level apartment and spread to the roof. The roof of the building is gone and officials tell us that some animals died in the fire. Thankfully, nobody was injured.

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Roanoke Co., VA - Roanoke County Fire and Rescue crews are at a structure fire right now at Cedar Point apartments in the South County area.

Officials say residents have been evacuated from the complexes and no injuries have been reported.

Firefighters are working to put the fire out, and we will keep you updated as we continue to get information.

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