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Decatur firefighters respond to a house fire at Sixth Avenue and Eighth Street Southeast on Wednesday.
Daily photo by John Godbey
Decatur firefighters respond to a house fire at Sixth Avenue and Eighth Street Southeast on Wednesday.

Vacant Sixth Avenue homes damaged by fire

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com · 340-2432

A day after a spokesman for the owner said three Sixth Avenue homes were doomed for demolition, Decatur Fire and Rescue doused fires in two of the dilapidated structures Wednesday afternoon.

Fire Marshal Darwin Clark said the blaze started at about 2:45 p.m. outside in the back of 1203 Sixth Ave. S.E., moved inside the vacant house and then spread south to the roof and attic of 1205 Sixth Ave. S.E.

Clark said the cause was undetermined and stopped short of saying it was arson. He said there was evidence, however, that homeless people had been living in the homes and the fire department is seeking information on a white male with a yellow backpack whom a witness saw leaving the scene. No one was inside either house at the time.

4 stations battle blaze

Four stations battled the fire in the 90-degree heat, with Decatur Emergency Medical Services personnel standing by. Decatur Police directed traffic after firetrucks blocked one southbound lane of Sixth Avenue.

John Cook, owner of Cook’s Pest Control, bought the two houses as part of a purchase of four dilapidated homes on five lots in the 1200 block of Sixth Avenue, across from McDonald’s. His representative, Mark McCurry of Realty North, told the Daily this week that Cook bought the property with the intention of improving it for a prospective client.

Slated for demolition

McCurry said the four houses and adjoining sheds should be demolished in two weeks.

Anyone with information on the backpack man should call 351-7953.

Seeking information

The Decatur Fire Department is seeking information on a white male with a yellow backpack whom a witness saw leaving the scene. Anyone with information on the man is urged to call 351-7953.

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