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Firefighters arrived early Tuesday morning to tackle a house fire in the 800 block of West Decatur Street.

DECATUR — Barely 12 hours after responding to a house fire Monday night, the Decatur Fire Department found itself battling a second blaze Tuesday morning.

Firefighters arrived on scene about 6 a.m. Tuesday to battle a blaze in the 800 block of West Decatur Street, according to Fire Chief Jeff Abbott. When firefighters arrived the east side of the house was entirely engulfed from the front of the home to the back of the home, and it was spreading through the walls, he said.

"It was defensive when we got here, which means we couldn't go in because there was too much fire," he said.

Abbot said that from what he understood an occupant on the second floor heard an argument on the front porch. He went downstairs to see what was going on, went back upstairs and smelled smoke.

The occupant looked outside and saw the entire front porch on fire, Abbott said. The man jumped out of a window, and no injuries were reported. He believes three people were inside the home.

At 8:10 a.m., Abbott said the crew would be on scene for another hour or two fighting the blaze. Tall ladders were at the scene to assist putting out fires in "tight spots."

The house was considered a total loss, Abbott said.

"It's suspicious, but we don't have a cause yet," he said.

This fire comes on the heels of Monday night's blaze that destroyed a house in the 500 block of West Wood Street and kept firefighters on the scene until past 10 p.m. That house also was considered a total loss, the fire department said.

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