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Investigators search for cause of 38th St house fire

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(Source: Dakota Hokanson) (Source: Dakota Hokanson)

Multiple fire units responded to a double structure fire on 38th Street in Savannah Tuesday morning.

A call went out for a 2-alarm fire around 4:30 a.m. in the area of 37th and Bull streets. Multiple fire units responded. Savannah Fire spokesman Mark Keller said that a primary structure was heavily involved when fire crews arrived. He said the flames did jump to a second structure, but were contained to the attic only and were quickly extinguished.

"When I stepped out on my porch, it was bright. The flames were above the tree tops and the debris was falling everywhere," said Dakota Hokanson, who lives nearby.

The primary structure that caught fire suffered extensive damage. Keller says the roof collapsed and the back of the structure is destroyed. No injuries were reported. A total of three people live in the second structure and all managed to make it out safely. Officials believe the primary structure that caught fire was vacant.

The rain did not help the fight either.

"Unless it is flooding, the rain really does not offer anything. It is really neither way. It does not hurt and it does not hinder," said Mark Keller, Savannah Fire.

Police had Drayton and Bull streets closed from 37th to 39th streets, and 38th Street closed from Barnard to Drayton while firefighters battled the blaze. All roads are back open.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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