SOUTH BEND – A busy South Bend street is back open after fire crews closed it for an early morning house fire.
It was one of two separate house fires overnight that sent two people to the hospital.
The first broke out just after midnight in the 100 block of Donald Street, just south of downtown South Bend.
Crews responded to the second fire, two blocks away on South Michigan Street, around 6 Wednesday morning.
At this point investigators are calling the fires "coincidental" saying they are not related. But they are also still searching for causes for both.
Firefighters had to tear down the home on South Michigan Street because they said the walls were bowing and the structure was unsafe.
There were no reports of anyone inside the vacant house. South Bend Fire Battalion Chief Carl Buchanon said the house is known for a place vagrants go and sleep. He said they would peel back the boards and go in.