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House caught fire overnight in South Bend

NOW: House caught fire overnight in South Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Firefighters battled a house fire last night on the cities northwest side. The call came in just before midnight. No one was home at the time of the fire and officials are still working to figure out a cause.

The woman who lives in the home got back early this morning to find a burnt house. She couldn’t even go inside to see the extent of the damage.

“It’s going to be a resident. 2510 west bond,” a dispatcher said, in Broadcastify audio.

The call came in just before midnight on Saturday. A home on South Bend's Northwest side was on fire.

“Seeing flames coming from the back of the house. Heavy smoke,” a dispatcher said, in more Broadcastify audio.

“I heard the crackling of the noise. I ain’t know what it was. It was popping,” Douglas Lewis who lives across the street said. “I thought it was gunfire first but when I looked out and saw the fire trucks out there I know it was nothing but a fire somewhere.”

Lewis heard sirens outside his house this morning.

“I got up and looked out the window and saw the trucks and things out there,” Lewis said. “I looked over there and I can smell it.”

He said crews were on the scene for multiple hours.

“About between 2 or 3 hours out there last night,” he said.

ABC 57 spoke with the woman who lives there with her family. She got home this morning to find her house burnt inside and out. She said they lost everything.

Fire officials say no one was home at the time of the fire. They say it seems to be a one-room fire with smoke and heat damage throughout the house. And not a total loss.

The investigator should have the cause of the fire by Monday. Neighbors are saying it could be electrical.

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