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A house sustained damage and an occupant was taken to the hospital this morning following a fire in the 100 block of Jackson Street near Food Lion.

Roanoke Rapids fire Chief Jason Patrick said this evening a firefighter, who he declined to immediately name, was treated for a leg injury and has since been released following the fire call which came in shortly after 9 a.m.

Fire crews found a wood-framed house with heavy fire coming from the front.

In a statement Patrick said firefighters immediately knocked the fire back to begin searching inside for an occupant who was reported by neighbors to be still inside.  

The occupant was located and removed from the home so EMS personnel could provide patient care.  

The patient was transported by Halifax County EMS to Vidant North.  

Firefighters continued extinguishing the fire and began to conduct overhaul which consisted of extinguishing hotspots and fire within walls.  

After the fire was completely extinguished firefighters and police began to investigate for a cause of the fire.  

Patrick said the fire was not suspicious.

It appeared to have started within the living room area of the home.  

No exact cause was determined but the room did have a wood-burning stove.  

Roughly 25 percent of the home received fire damage with the remaining areas sustaining heat and smoke.  

No further information was immediately available on the occupant who was transported for medical care.

Nine on-duty firefighters initially responded and on the second alarm call 18 off-duty firefighters responded.

Roanoke Valley Rescue Squad, Halifax County EMS, and the Roanoke Rapids Police Department assisted.  

Firefighters cleared the scene around noon.