BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - A vacant house in Bainbridge was still burning Friday afternoon after it caught fire early that morning.
Bainbridge Public Safety officers are investigating two vacant house fires that happened within hours of each other.
Firefighters said one of the homes is a total loss, but thankfully no one was hurt.
Sirens and flames woke up several neighbors on Broughton and Water Street late Thursday night, and once again early Friday morning.
Isaiah Hawkins lives across the street from one of the homes and said, “I was hoping no one was in there or hurt or anything. I was knocking on doors making sure nobody was hurt.”
Firefighters spent hours putting out flames from two different house fires in the same neighborhood.
The vacant home on Water Street caught on fire around midnight, and it wasn't long before firefighters returned to the same area.
Bainbridge Public Safety Director Eric Miller said, “Five hours later we got a call of another structure fire on Broughton Street.”
The home on Broughton Street used to back up directly to the home on Water Street.
Firefighters monitored the flames for several hours to make sure they did not spread to neighbors' homes.
Firefighters said that the power lines around the second home caught on fire, so they had to wait for Georgia Power to cut the power before moving any further.
Miller said, “It was unsafe to put people in and to go completely around the house due to the electrical lines. So we made a tactical decision to let it go to the ground.”
And while the cause of each fire is still under investigation, Miller said abandoned house fires occur for similar reasons.
“A lot of times there are homeless people squatting in homes, trying to make a fire to stay warm. Or they're smoking, lit cigarettes. Sometimes it's drug use,” said Miller.
If you have any information about these two fires, you are asked to call Bainbridge Public Safety at 229-248-2038.