House goes up in flames

A home and two neighboring houses suffered major damage after a fire on South Bend’s northwest side.

Around 10:30 Thursday night firefighters discovered flames and smoke pouring from the home in the 1900 block of Bergan Street, just off of Portage.

No one was home at the time of the fire, but firefighters say that the home is a total loss.

“We had a lot of flames coming out of the two sides and the rear,” said Nick Tekler, the battalion chief of the South Bend Fire Department. “The inside is pretty much gone.”

The fire also damaged two neighboring homes.

Firefighters say the siding on the two homes melted in the blaze. There is no word on a cause of the blaze.

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