Fires at 2 separate houses cause combined $330K in damage, officials say

Fires at 2 separate houses cause combined $330K in damage, officials say

Two house fires in Janesville over the weekend caused more than a combined $330,000 in damage, Janesville fire officials said.

Fire crews were sent just after noon to 2534 Lombard Avenue for reports of a possible residential fire, officials said.

Crews could see heavy smoke and flames coming from the residence when they arrived, according to a release.

The fire started in the back of the home, but spread to the attic before being put out by firefighters, officials said. The cause is undetermined.

Damage is estimated at $150,000.

The second fire was reported just after 2 p.m. Sunday at 4467 Overlook Drive.

Crews could see heavy smoke and flames coming from the back of the house when they arrived, according to the release.

Investigators said it appears the fire started in a shed on the exterior of the residence and spread to the residence. No one was injured.

The fire caused about $185,000 in damage, and the residents are displaced, officials said.

According to the release, the fire was started by an unsupervised juvenile using a heat source.

In both fires, all occupants had evacuated when crews arrived.

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