DECATUR — Firefighters from the Decatur Fire Department battled two house fires within six hours, one resulting in a total loss, Battalion Chief Jim Ohl said.

Ohl said firefighters were dispatched at 10:20 p.m. Thursday to a house fire at 1228 E. Hickory St. The fire occurred in the kitchen at the rear of the home and back porch.

No injuries were reported and no one was in the residence, as it was being renovated, Ohl said. The fire caused significant damage, with an estimated $10,000 worth of structural damage and $500 worth of damage to contents.

Firefighters were dispatched around 4 a.m. Friday morning to 1329 N. Walnut Grove Ave. in reference to a house fire, Ohl said.

He said the department tried to make an interior fire attack, but had to back out as the roof was near collapsing, which it eventually did.

The house was also being renovated, so no residents were present, Ohl said.

He said the house was a complete loss, and the value of damages is unknown at this time.

Both fires are under investigation at this time, as causes have not been determined as of Friday morning.

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