Near North Side Fire Destroys Two Buildings, Damages Three Others

A major fire early today destroyed a vacant home and an adjacent metal building, and damaged three other structures, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

By the time firefighters arrived at the fire at Capitol and Gramercy, which is in the Beacon Hill neighborhood near I-10 and Fulton, flames and smoke were pouring out of both structures.

Extra crews were called in to prevent the first from spreading in the closely packed neigborhood.

It took the Fire Department nearly an hour to extinguish the flames.

The home and the metal building were completely destroyed.

So far, arson investigators are looking into a possible cause, and have not ruled out a common cause of fires in vacant structures on chilly nights...vagrants or drug users who break into the homes, and set fires to stay warm or to cook meth.

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