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Evansville home catches fire twice over the weekend

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Fire investigators are looking into why an Evansville home caught fire twice over the weekend.

That home in the 200 block of W. Maryland Street caught fire two times, just several hours apart, and neighbors say they think the situation is too much of a coincidence to be accidental.

Neighbors say homes on either side of the home on fire were also damaged by the heat. The family who lives next door says, after two fires this weekend, they have some concerns about safety.

"All I saw was orange. So, I figure one of the houses is on fire again," neighbor Kris Bretz said.

Kris Bretz lives next door to 210 W. Maryland and says this week, house fires haven't been uncommon on his street. 

Evansville Fire Department officials say they were called to a fire at 210 just before 3:30 Sunday morning. 

Fire officials tell us they also responded to a fire at the same house on Saturday afternoon.

"My thoughts were, why? I mean, I don't understand this," Bretz said.

Bretz said this past Wednesday a fire was set near the back of his house. Bretz's in-laws live there, too, and say they own the home which has siding damage from the heat. 

They said, especially with grandchildren living in the house, this past week's events have them worried.

"If there is somebody doing this, I'd like to see them caught," neighbor Naomi Frymire said.

"We want to be able to sleep at night and be know that we're safe, and we can't do that with stuff like this going on," Bretz said.

While several residents on W. Maryland Street are left to clean up some melted siding and broken windows, Bretz and his family tell 14News that they still have a reason to give thanks.

"I'm glad everybody's safe. That's all I know," Bretz said.
Those fires are still under investigation. We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.

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