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Firefighters respond twice to suspicious Decatur fire

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The structure was a total loss after the second fire. The structure was a total loss after the second fire.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Investigators said a building caught on fire in Decatur twice overnight, and they think it's suspicious.

Decatur firefighters responded to a structure fire on the 1200 block of Sherman Street late Monday night. A neighbor said she heard a loud pop, so she went outside and saw flames coming from the back of the house. She said she then called 911.

When firefighters arrived, they said smoke was coming from the building, and they put out the fire quickly, saving it from getting out of hand. The battalion chief said if the fire hadn't been called in so quickly, it could have been much worse.

Firefighters collected samples from the rear of the house to be analyzed due to the suspicious nature of the fire.

Around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Decatur firefighters were called back out to the location. When they arrived, they said flames were shooting out of the roof.

The house will now be a total loss, but firefighters were able to put the flames out.

Authorities said no one currently lives in the house, but it used to be a house split up into seven apartments and appeared to be now used for storage. The battalion chief said that this apartment division is making it challenging for firefighters, since they have to go through each apartment to put out hot spots.

No power was connected to the house, and no injuries were reported.

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