OVERNIGHT FIRE: Vacant Home Causes Evacuation

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Fire investigators are looking into what caused an early morning fire in a vacant home.

Firefighters were called to 1334 E 13th Street just before 3 a.m.

When crews arrived, flames were coming from the first and second floors of the home.

Firefighters did check to make sure electricity and gas were cut off to the home, but MidAmerican was also called in to cut the power from the street.

The District Fire Chief Joe Giudicessi says no one was living in the home and they did not find anyone inside when they arrived.

Giudicessi says as a precaution, some neighbors were evacuated.  “Homeowners on both sides were evacuated by the police department when we were in route here.  We allowed them to go back into their structures because their homes were not affected by the fire.”

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.  The home was vacant, but Giudicessi says it’s too early to tell if the fire is suspicious

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