Racine Fire Department responds to 2 house fires; 1 person hospitalized

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The battalion chief said the family was not at home at the time of the fire. Once fire crews arrived, they found smoke coming from the eaves of the house.

Two people, two dogs, and two cats were able to safely get out of the home when the fire started. Upon entry, fire crews discovered the origin of the fire was in the knee wall area on the second floor and they were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

One person was taken to Roseland Community Hospital in good condition, the spokesman said. The damage in the bar was mostly caused by water, he said.

The 911 calls came in around 6 o'clock Christmas Eve.

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Tony Fuentes, the neighbor who reported the fire, told the Sun-Star that the home, along with another vacant residence on the same block, were routinely broken into by homeless individuals for shelter.

The fire adds another red bulb to the department's wreath on the front of the fire station.

There were no injuries in the Christmas Eve fire and it caused less than $1,000 in damage, he said.

"It's not worth your life", said John Dennis with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services.