Vacant home burns to ground, fire spreads to occupied home

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A vacant house burned to the ground and a nearby occupied home caught fire on the city's east side Wednesday morning.

According to fire officials, happened in the 6800 block of Bayliss Avenue.

The original home caught fire, which spread to the neighboring home.

That neighboring home suffered damage mainly to the attic area. Both vehicles in that driveway were also damaged.  Fire officials say about $20,000 was sustained in this fire.

No one was hurt.

The blaze was just one in a rash of fires that broke out in the city Wednesday morning. Fire officials say at one point, 100 different firefighters in 27 different crews were fighting fires in at least three different locations.

Fire Department spokesman Larry Gray said the city had plenty of crews to respond, but the amount of fires that broke out at around the same time is unusual.

Another fire damaged two buildings in the Detroit Avenue and West 76th Street area early Wednesday. Several roads were closed as crews fought the fire.

At just after 7:30 a.m., crews again headed to a fire -- this time at a commercial building at East 71st Street and Harvard Avenue.

Damage to that building is not yet known.

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