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Evansville Firefighters Battle 2 House Fires

Steve Burger

It was a busy Tuesday night and Wednesday morning for Evansville crews

Evansville firefighters battled two overnight house fires. WNIN’s John Gibson reports:

The first blaze was reported at 32 W. Oregon St., near N. Main, just before midnight Wednesday.

EFD Division Chief Mike Larson says crews quickly extinguished most of the fire but they had to search void spaces to search for hidden flames and found some in an attic space.

Larson said the house was vacant with signs of homeless activity. There were no injuries.

Then, just after 4:00 a.m., Evansville firefighters responded to 1971 Indian Mounds Blvd., off Pollack Avenue.

Larson says crews reported flames and heavy smoke coming from the rear of the house, which was described as full of belongings.

A neighbor told firefighters that no one was staying in the house and the incident commander decided to fight the fire defensively and did not allow firefighters to enter the home.

Eventually, a back portion of the house collapsed.

Larson says crews remained on scene for about five hours to fully extinguish the fire. CenterPoint was called to turn off the utilities.

No injuries were reported in that fire.

Both fires are under investigation.