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Officials: Vacant, abandoned homes catch fire in Huntington

A house catches fire about 1 a.m. in the 1300 block of 25th Street of Huntington. Fire crews say the home was vacant, making it the 11th vacant or abandoned house to catch fire in the past month in the city. (WCHS/WVAH)

Crews are trying to determine a cause after two vacant or abandoned houses caught fire Thursday morning in Huntington.

A house caught fire about 1 a.m. in the 1300 block of 25th Street. Fire crews said the home was vacant, making it the 11th vacant or abandoned house to catch fire in the past month in the city. This is the same home that was damaged after a house next to it caught fire last week and crews were fighting the fire in single-digit temperatures. The fire at that time displaced the residents.

The home will be referred to the City of Huntington's Unsafe Building Commission.

The fire Thursday morning on 25th Street caused damage to an adjacent home that was also vacant.

A second home caught fire about 1:30 a.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of Fourth Avenue. Officials said it had been several weeks since anyone was living at this home. Crews were able to prevent this fire from spreading to another home.

Earlier this week, a home on Ninth Avenue caught fire and spread to two other houses, destroying the home of a 99-year-old woman.

Acting Deputy Fire Chief Michael Smith said the cause of Thursday's fires are unknown and remain under investigation.

Huntington Communications Director Bryan Chambers said there are usually between 200 and 250 homes on the city's "unsafe or abandoned list" and the city has been working to tear them down.

No injuries were reported in the fires Thursday.

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