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Radford fire becomes neglect case

RADFORD – An early-morning electrical fire in Radford Wednesday displaced nearly two-dozen people from their homes and sparked a criminal investigation.
According to Radford Department of Police, the fire is not suspicious, but police are conducting a separate investigation as to why two children apparently were found alone in one of three apartments in the building.
Radford City Spokeswoman Rebecca Hawke stated in a press release that Radford Fire Department responded to the fire in a home in the 500 block of Second Street around 4:45 a.m.
The home was divided into three separate apartments, all of which were occupied.
She said two six- and eight-year-old children allegedly were found to be alone in one of the apartments.
The children were safely evacuated from the apartment and placed into the custody of Social Services pending an investigation as to why they were alone.
Two families of four and five living in the other apartments also were safely evacuated. Hawke stated both families are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross and an area business owner as a result of their displacement.
The fire, which was determined to be electrical in nature, caused an estimated $40,000 in damage.
It did not originate in the apartment occupied by the two children who had been left alone, according to Hawke.

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Radford fire becomes neglect case

RADFORD – An early-morning electrical fire in Radford Wednesday displaced nearly two-dozen people from their homes and sparked a criminal investigation.
According to Radford Department of Police, the fire is not suspicious, but police are conducting a separate investigation as to why two children apparently were found alone in one of three apartments in the building.
Radford City Spokeswoman Rebecca Hawke stated in a press release that Radford Fire Department responded to the fire in a home in the 500 block of Second Street around 4:45 a.m.
The home was divided into three separate apartments, all of which were occupied.
She said two six- and eight-year-old children allegedly were found to be alone in one of the apartments.
The children were safely evacuated from the apartment and placed into the custody of Social Services pending an investigation as to why they were alone.
Two families of four and five living in the other apartments also were safely evacuated. Hawke stated both families are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross and an area business owner as a result of their displacement.
The fire, which was determined to be electrical in nature, caused an estimated $40,000 in damage.
It did not originate in the apartment occupied by the two children who had been left alone, according to Hawke.

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