Mobile Fire-Rescue investigating multiple vacant home fires

Mobile County
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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – There have been several vacant house fires this week in Mobile.

In the last three days, there have been six fires – five of them at vacant homes.

“We’ve been trying to track down different things and figure out what happened, why these structures are going up,” said Steven Millhouse, with Mobile Fire-Rescue. 

The five vacant home fires stretch across the city. Over the last three days, Mobile Fire-Rescue responded to fires on Howell’s Ferry Road, First Avenue, Katye Street, Driftwood Drive N., and Eagle Drive.

“Without speculating too much, we’ve got a rash of cold weather, really cold weather, so we could have people seeking shelter in vacant structures,” said Millhouse. 

Mobile Fire-Rescue is still looking into the causes of these fires. But one trend they see at this time of year, more fires at vacant homes as it gets colder.

“We have a lot of issues with vacant structure homes, people seeking shelter,” said Millhouse.

Mobile Fire-Rescue says if you see a vacant home in your neighborhood, and suspect someone may be staying there illegally, to contact the authorities. By doing that, you could prevent a vacant home fire. 

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