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Firefighters respond to fires at two abandoned homes on Charleston's West Side

Friday afternoon, Charleston firefighters responded to two fires in the same West Side neighborhood within minutes. (WCHS/WVAH)

Friday afternoon, Charleston firefighters responded to two fires in the same West Side neighborhood within minutes.

Firefighters’ first call was just after 1 p.m. Friday on Stockton Street on Charleston’s West Side. The home was boarded up and supposed to be sitting vacant, but they’re afraid people are somehow finding a way into vacant homes in the area.

Investigators said firefighters had been on the scene for just minutes when another house caught fire on Stewart Street.

Both of the homes had no power which gives firefighters a clue someone had to be inside.

The second home they’ve responded to before for another fire. This time, a fire broke out in the garage area of that property.

First responders said it's getting frustrating responding to the same area. They want to remind neighbors to be on the lookout.

“You need to call 911 if you see someone trying to break in another home it's not their home, trying to pull plywood they're trying to enter somewhere that doesn't belong to them,” Lt. Wes Smith, with the Charleston Fire Department said.

If you see anyone trying to break into a home that is vacant or boarded up, call 911 immediately.

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