Fire tears through vacant homes in Newport

Fire tears through vacant homes in Newport
Fire crews are wrapping up the scene on Washington Avenue in Newport early Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama)
Fire crews are wrapping up the scene on Washington Avenue in Newport early Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama)

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - Fire tore through one vacant home and spread to another in Newport early Tuesday, fire officials said.

Crews are on scene in the 1000 block of Washington Avenue. They were called to the blaze before 2 a.m.

Flames engulfed the upper floor and roof of both buildings. One is a total loss, the other has heavy damage but is structurally sound, fire officials said.

No injuries were reported.

Multiple fire departments and firefighters are on scene, including Newport, Covington and Wilder.

The cause of the fire that broke out in the building declared a total loss is unknown - and may never be determined, fire officials said.

It's too dangerous for investigators to go inside, at least at this point. and the risk outweighs the benefit, they said.

When the fires burned earlier Tuesday morning, fire officials said they were focused on trying to stop them from spreading to other buildings and preventing injuries to firefighters.

"Well, we're just going to keep it in the building, we know this one's a total loss," Newport Fire Captain Matthew Pleiman said.

"....we're trying to make sure no other fire fighters get hurt, to make sure the fire stays in that building," he said.

"We're not so worried about the state of the building long term, we're just trying to keep it in there and make sure it doesn't extend anywhere else and keep it intact for the fire investigation team," he said. "They might even determine they cannot go in, so we may not even get a cause and origin for this fire because their safety is first and foremost."

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