Neighbor: Cigarette sparks double house fire, rekindles hours later

Posted at 10:52 PM, May 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-07 10:41:12-04

ROCKFORD, Mich. — Large flames from a house fire ended up spreading to a neighboring home Saturday destroying both homes.

The fire broke out just after 10 p.m. Saturday night in the 100 block of Oak Street and ended up rekindling early Sunday morning.

A man who lives at the neighboring home says the fire started in the garage of the home next door after a plastic ash tray caught fire from a lit cigarette.

The fire quickly spread to that neighbor's home, leaving both homes uninhabitable, according to the neighbor who says everything is a complete loss.

There are no reports of any injuries at this time and that portion of Oak Street has since reopened.

No official cause has been released from investigators.