UNION GROVE — Two structure fires were discovered early Sunday in the same neighborhood and within minutes of each other.
Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling stated.
The first fire, inside a two-family dwelling, was reported at 3:21 a.m. in the basement at 816 12th Ave. Deputies responding to the scene said they could see no active flames, but the house was filled with smoke.
The upper tenant was home at the time and got out safely; the lower unit was unoccupied, said Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department Assistant Chief Tim Allen.
The fire was reported to be under control about one hour after first reported, Schmaling stated. Allen said there was smoke damage throughout the building.
At 3:27 a.m. deputies found the second fire, to a detached garage with vehicles at 1114 New St. Allen said that location is perhaps 40 yards away from the first fire. It was declared under control at about 4 a.m.
Asked if the fires appeared to be of suspicious cause, Allen said, “It’s hard to say. It is kind of a coincidence.” Both fires were under investigation Sunday, and damage estimates were not immediately available.
Raymond, Kansasville, South Shore and Burlington fire departments assisted, Allen said.