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Neighbors react to overnight fire in Lansing

Posted at 9:46 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 23:23:45-05

LANSING, Mich. — Neighbors are speaking out about what they saw and heard, from a fire Thursday night on Lansing's east side.

FOX 47 News spoke with neighbors that live just a few feet away from where the fire happened on the 2000 block of Vine Street. They described it as an all-night battle to douse the flames.

"Before seeing it, I heard it. It sounded like someone was banging on the door, like trying to break in. It was that big of a deal," said Kavica Towns, neighbor.

Towns lives right in front of the house that caught on fire.

When she looked out the window, she saw two people standing looking at something but she couldn't tell what it was.

"I stepped outside and took the dog out and there was a big fire wooshing out the windows," said Towns.

As fire trucks wrapped around the block, Towns' next-door neighbor, whose home is also a few feet away from where the fire happened, caught a glimpse.

"I saw just smoke coming out of all ends of the house, from the ceiling to the windows," said Arnold Torres.

Torres said it was nerve-wracking living so close to the fire because their cars were within close proximity.

Torres recalls previously seeing a man that might've lived there.

"We've conversated every now and then. 'Hey how you doing?' or 'How's it going?' Other than that, I didn't really know him on a first-name basis," said Torres.

Fire officials confirm there were no injuries to residents, neighbors or firefighters.

The house was empty when crews arrived, and they do not have a cause yet. The fire remains under investigation.