Fire crews called to house fire in Racine, 5 occupants displaced

RACINE -- Fire officials were called to a house fire near Row Avenue and Howland Avenue Monday afternoon, June 22.As crews arrived shortly after 4 p.m., they saw a man on a balcony who was attempting to contain the fire that started in the second-floor bedroom.

Vehicle fire damages two homes in Racine

RACINE -- Fire officials responded to a car fire at a residence near De Koven Avenue and Taylor Avenue around 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 16.The vehicle was engulfed in the driveway between two houses causing exterior damage to the siding of both.Racine firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and prevented both houses from sustaining further damage.The residents exited to safety and there were no injuries.The fire is under investigation and no more information is being released.

Cigarette discarded into garbage can ignites porch in Racine

RACINE -- A cigarette discarded into a garbage can caused the front porch to go up in flames Sunday morning, April 26 around 10 a.m.The residents of the home on Hickory Grove Avenue were able to extinguish the fire by the time Racine Fire Department crews arrived.

7 displaced by fire sparked by woman using lighter on box spring in Racine

RACINE -- Seven people were displaced after a young woman used a lighter to burn loose strings on a box spring at a Racine home on Tuesday morning, Nov. 19.It happened shortly before 11 a.m. on Frank Avenue near 6th Street.Officials with the Racine Fire Department said the 19-year-old woman was using the lighter on the box spring in a bedroom on the second floor when fire got inside the box spring and quickly grew out of control.A roommate called 911 as she evacuated with two other women and two 1-year-old boys.Firefighters found heavy fire venting from three windows on the second floor, and fire entering the attic.

Customers evacuated after fire at IHOP in Racine; no injuries

RACINE -- Firefighters were called out to a fire at IHOP on Durand Avenue near Elwood Drive Sunday, Oct. 6 following reports of black smoke coming from the roof.Responding crews found heavy smoke inside, and fire in the wall on the west side of the building.