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An 18-year-old Roanoke woman is charged with intentionally setting a Wednesday mattress fire.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
A Wednesday night fire in northwest Roanoke has been ruled arson, and the woman who was taken to the hospital following the blaze has been charged in the case.
Roanoke Fire-EMS crews responded to a report of a house fire in the 900 block of Madison Avenue shortly after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, with a captain on scene reporting that a mattress had caught fire.
On Thursday, Roanoke police spokesman Scott Leamon said a joint investigation of police and fire officials determined the blaze was intentionally set.
He said investigators have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Debbie Lou Michelle Simon, 18, of Roanoke on an arson charge. Simon was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by crews that responded to the fire.
Crews on scene said the woman taken to the hospital was showing symptoms of severe smoke inhalation. Leamon said four other people who were in the home escaped safely.
Structural damage to the house was minimal and firefighters were able to put the flames out in a few minutes.
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