Investigators look into fire at South Bend vacant home

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- An investigation is underway into an overnight house fire in South Bend that brought out over a dozen fire vehicles.

When crews pulled up to the house in the 700-block of Lincoln Way East around 11:30 p.m. Monday night, there was heavy smoke and fire coming from the first and second stories. It took about 45 minutes to put out the flames.

No one was found inside, and neighbors told firefighters the house was vacant.

“We had encountered smoke from the fire all the way to central fire station,” said Capt. Rick Bourdin of the South Bend Fire Dept. “That's probably pretty close to a mile away and we were experiencing smoke down there, so it was a pretty significant fire.”

Crews stayed on the scene for a preliminary investigation Monday night. Come daylight Tuesday, they'll take a more in-depth look into what could have caused the fire.

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