TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Firefighters across Lafayette and West Lafayette were called to three fires Wednesday evening.
It started in West Lafayette, where apartments were evacuated just before 6 p.m. on Cortez Drive, just past Morehouse Road.
The fire was called in by neighbors.
When crews arrived, they found smoke coming from an apartment in the back of the complex. Firefighters located flames and smoke in the kitchen area of the apartment.
The fire was under control within 10 minutes and contained to the kitchen.
No one was home at the time, but residents in nearby apartments were evacuated as a precaution. No one was injured.
A few hours later, crews were called to a house fire on Rochelle Drive in Lafayette, across from Armstrong Park. The fire started a little after 9 p.m.
Firefighters said they found smoke coming from the attic above the attached garage, but it didn't take long to put the fire out.
Three people were home at the time, but no injuries were reported.
The fire department says the fire's area of origin was in the attic of the attached garage. The fire was contained to the garage and there was no fire extension into the house.
Officials say it appears that the cause of the fire was combustible storage items coming in contact with an incandescent light bulb.
While Lafayette fire and Duke Energy crews were on the scene of the fire on Rochelle Drive, some were called away to respond to a fire in the 3600 block of Redondo Drive in Lafayette.
Firefighters arrived shortly after 10 p.m. to find flames coming from the back of the house.
Firefighters estimated there was damage to 50 percent of the house. Crews said they pulled drywall off the ceiling to get to the fire in the attic.
There were two people home at the time of the fire. They were able to get out safely.
The fire department says the fire's area of origin was in a screened porch at the rear of the house. There was fire extension throughout the attic of the house.
The cause of the fire was accidental and the source determined to be a hot grill located near a plastic flammable liquid container.
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