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Woman charged with arson after Roanoke house fire displaces five

Roanoke, Virginia – A woman has been charged with arson in connection to a Roanoke house fire that displaced four adults and one child over the weekend.

Authorities say Anne Lawhorn, 46, was arrested at the scene and was charged with arson of an occupied dwelling.

Roanoke Fire-EMS crews are battling a fire at a residential structure.

According to officials, crews were dispatched to the 2400 block on Baker Ave NW just before 8 a.m. Sunday.

Firefighters arrived to find the residential structure with heavy smoke and flames.

A department spokesperson said all residents were accounted for except for a family cat. Four adults and one child are displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross.

No injuries have been reported.

As of 9:30 a.m., crews were still working to extinguish the flames.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This is a developing story. Stay with 10 News for the latest information.

Marco Harmon

I was born and raised in Roanoke, VA. I studied Communications Studies at Roanoke College, and I’ve been part of the news industry ever since. Visiting my favorite downtown Roanoke bars and restaurants with my friends is how I spend most of my free time when I'm not at the desk.

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