Weekend fire causes $7K worth of damage to two homes

A fire reported over the weekend caused an estimated $7,000 in damage to two homes, officials report.

The Seymour Fire Department arrived on scene at 3:01 p.m. Saturday on a call regarding a utility line issue at 231 S. Vine St.

Firefighters were there for a brief time before they saw smoke coming from the side of the home, Fire Chief Brad Lucas said. The fire caused an estimated $2,000 worth of damage, firefighters said.

About 15 minutes later, firefighters had already put out the fire when another one started at 218 S. Park St., which was adjacent to the Vine Street home.

The two homes were separated by an alleyway. The second fire caused an estimated $5,000 in damage.

"Basically, the exterior siding on each home burned," Lucas said.

The Park Street home had more extensive damage because firefighters had to cut into the home to make sure the fire did not reach the area. Firefighters were on scene until 5 p.m.

The fires started after two men were cutting a tree at a nearby property and it fell on a power line. The line then came in contact with a cable wire and burned in both directions, damaging the siding to two homes.

Lucas said those who plan to cut trees should be aware of their surroundings before they begin and understand it can be a difficult job with unpredictable circumstances.

"You need to make sure you know what you’re doing and what can happen and understand how limbs may fall," he said.