ELKHART — Firefighters responded to two residential fires within an hour of each other Sunday.
The Elkhart Fire Department was first called to 1666 W. Franklin St. just before 1 pm., where they saw fire and smoke coming from the back of the house to the northeast. The fire was under control in about 20 minutes, according to information from Fire Investigator Rob McClintic.
Investigators believe the fire started at the back porch when a discarded cigarette caused some leaves on the ground to catch fire. The flames extended up the side of the house to a metal awning and burned some of the area just inside the back door, causing smoke damage to the living room.
No injuries were reported. Damage to the building and property inside was valued at about $5,500.
The department was also called to a garage fire at 506 Sherman St. at around 1:50 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find the fence and exterior of the garage in flames, which they had under control by 2:08 p.m.
It appeared that the burning of wood and brush spread to grass and a fence area then to the outside of the detached garage on the neighboring property, which caused significant damage to the back side of the garage and the fence, according to McClintic.
No injures were reported. Structure damage was estimated to be worth around $2,000.