Crews respond to two vacant house fires late Saturday

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- Two separate vacant house fires are being ruled suspicious in nature in central Lincoln by Lincoln Fire & Rescue.

Acting Battalion Chief Rick Schneider says crews were first called to a home near 29th & Pear at 10:30 Saturday, after receiving reports of smoke coming from the window of a two-story vacant house. Once inside, crews located some furniture on fire in the basement of the home.

Schneider says crews were able to knock down the fire rather quickly, and while the fire is suspicious in nature, LFR says they are not yet ready to declare the incident as arson. The investigation into this fire is ongoing at this time, as investigators are working to determine the exact cause and amount of damage associated with the fire.

Nearly ten minutes later, Lincoln Fire & Rescue received a call of another house on fire, up 29th Street, just south of Dudley.

Upon arrival, fire crews found the back of the home on fire and initiated a quick knock down attack of the blaze. Schneider says this home was also vacant.

"The cause is man-made, suspicious in nature," Schneider told 10/11.

He says there's roughly $23,000 in damages to the structure, and investigators are working to determine the cause of the blaze.

LFR is not yet ruling this fire as arson, nor are they saying whether either of the incidents are related. No one was injured in either of these fires.