Homeowners displaced in 2 Christmas Eve fires

fire 1922 16th Street
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Firefighters with the Racine Fire Department were busy Christmas Eve putting out two fires, one that started in a kitchen and another that started in a wall after a chimney failed.

No one was injured from the fires, but one person experienced a medical issue and was transported to the Ascension-All Saints Hospital.

At 9:06 p.m. smoke poured out of the attic at 3400 Wright Avenue and the homeowner, Kristy Olson, called 911. When firefighters arrived smoke billowed out of the eaves of the home. They found that a fire had started in wall of the second floor caused by a chimney failure and quickly put it out.

Three people were displaced from the home. American Red Cross provided shelter assistance for them. The estimated loss is $30,000.

A few hours later, firefighters were called to another fire at 1748 Lathrop Avenue. The homeowner, Rebecca Lopez, and her dog were able to get out of the home without injury.  The cause of the kitchen fire is under investigation. The estimated loss is $27,000.

Lopez made arrangements to stay with her family.

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