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Three fires rip through South Bend within four hours

SOUTH BEND, Ind - Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked three separate fires in South Bend Sunday night and early Monday morning.


No one was in the buildings or injured.

Mark Catanzarite, Battalion Chief for the South Bend Fire Department, said it is too early to tell if the fires are connected, or if any of the fires were set intentionally.

“Not necessarily. It’s way too premature for us to predict that and ill leave it to my investigators to determine that at this time,” said Catanzarite.

A fire broke out at a home on the 2600 block of West Grace just after 8 p.m. Sunday.

While investigators were on the scene, crews got called to a nearby fire at Old Harry’s Liquor, on Western Avenue, around 11:30 p.m.

Flames engulfed a small building behind the store.

Falling power lines caused concern, and crews evacuated the building as flames spread.

A nearby home was also threatened, but firefighters were able to stop the flames from spreading to the house.

The third fire broke out just after midnight, sending one of the engines at the Western Avenue fire to the 1400 block of Randolph Street.

Two detached garages were engulfed in flame. The garages were empty, and left blackened and charred after crews doused the flames.

Catanzarite said while it was a busy night, November has not been busier than normal.

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